Expect electoral roll within a week, says EC chairman

EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah says parties should tell their supporters to check the list once it is issued. (Twitter pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The latest electoral roll for the 14th general election (GE14), following the motion on the review of electoral boundaries which was passed in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, is expected to be out within a week or at latest on nomination day.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah said once the list of verified voters was issued, political parties should inform their supporters to check it immediately.

“That is why we are holding the ‘Jom Semak’ and ‘Jom Kita Mengundi’ campaign. Once a person does the check, he or she will be able to find out (the status). If (they check) during nomination day, the voters will know who is the candidate and the polling centres.

“This is important so that they will not go to the wrong polling centres,” he said in a programme on TV1 here last night.

The motion on the review of electoral boundaries was tabled by Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Dewan Rakyat and passed after block voting with 129 MPs for and 80 against.

The EC recommended change of name for 12 parliamentary and 28 state seats but no change to the number of seats in Peninsular Malaysia.

Mohd Hashim also denied allegations that the review had favoured a certain party, saying several states had fallen into opposition hands before despite a review of electoral boundaries.

He said the EC was not a political party and that he himself was not a member of any party.

Mohd Hashim said the heated debate on the review in the Dewan Rakyat showed the MPs’ commitment to defending their seats.

He added that the EC planned to collaborate with higher learning institutions to conduct studies on the impact of the review on the polls, as most existing studies had been done before the review.