Govt targeting automatic voter registration by 2021, says Liew

De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong says about four million Malaysians have yet to register as voters.

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says the government’s target for automatic voter registration, including for 18-year-olds eligible to cast their ballots, is January 2021.

He said the Election Commission (EC) is updating its list but needs time to do so as it is dealing with huge numbers.

“It takes time,” he said during ministerial question time at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

“There are four million Malaysians who have yet to register.”

He was responding to Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian), who asked if automatic voter registration could be expedited from its initial two-year target.

Maslan also asked Liew about Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders who had reportedly given away SIM cards and RM1,000 cash aid for fishermen, as well as food and drinks for voters in Tanjung Piai.

Liew said such things had also happened under Barisan Nasional (BN), adding that the issues have been raised in the constituency by both BN and PH.

“There are regulations,” he said. “If any rules are broken, the EC will probe the matter and police reports will be made.”

To the original question by Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) on improvements and reforms carried out by the EC, Liew said several measures had been implemented since the May 9 polls.

These include shuttle bus services for voters, live telecasts of the voting process, an extension of voting time until 5.30pm, and the use of online registration.