Phantom voters aplenty in Wangsa Maju, says PKR

Tan-Yee-Kew

PETALING JAYA: PKR says it has proof of 1,609 phantom voters that were newly registered or transferred to Wangsa Maju, Selangor, between July and December last year.

The phantom voters are also said to be part of a larger number of 4,804 new voters – by registration or transfer – in the area, which could significantly impact the voting in four polling districts, namely Taman Melati, Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju, Gombak Utara and Wangsa Melati. There are 18 polling districts in total in Wangsa Maju.

“Based on our data analysis and ground visits, out of 4,804 new and transferred voters in these polling districts, 1,609 or 33% are likely to be phantom voters,” PKR treasurer-general Tan Yee Kew told reporters at the PKR headquarters here today.

She added that the party has the facts and figures to show that these phantom voters were planted in the Wangsa Maju parliamentary constituency over the second half of last year.

The Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat is currently held by PKR’s Tan Kee Kwong. He defeated Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Shafei Abdullah with a 5,511 majority in the last general election (GE13), when there was a total of 67,775 eligible voters in the constituency.

Tan said they have also identified the people who used addresses of residences in Wangsa Maju to register and have given them a week to come forward and clarify their position.

“If they fail to do so, we shall publish their names and lodge a police report against them,” she said.

She said the spike in voters had prompted PKR to conduct door-to-door surveys of 222 dubious houses or flats with large numbers of voters.

Tan said 80% of the house owners had no knowledge of the suspected phantom voters using their addresses, while some of the houses appeared to be locked and vacant.

Voters check your polling district

Meanwhile, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar urged voters to check with the Election Commission (EC) to confirm their polling districts.

The Lembah Pantai MP said PKR is aware that there are voters whose polling districts were changed to another constituency without their knowledge.

“There have been complaints from voters whose constituency has been changed without any request to do so, as they still live at the same address,” she said.

Nurul Izzah added that voters had also made complaints stating that their registration from months ago had yet to be acknowledged by the EC.

She called for the EC to introduce automatic voter registration, which will allow all Malaysian citizens the right to vote.