KUALA LUMPUR: The implementation of the 18-year-old voting age and automatic voter registration is expected to commence at the latest by July next year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Takiyuddin Hassan.
He said the Election Commission (EC) was currently working with the National Registration Department to make preparations to implement automatic voter registration and other related matters.
“It is expected that all preparations will be completed within 18 to 24 months from the date of approval by the Senate on July 25 last year,” he said in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was replying to a question from Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong) on the date that the government would implement automatic voter registration and voting at age 18.
Takiyuddin added that the EC had been working on the amendments to the Election (Voter Registration) Regulations 2002 and other relevant laws, preparing the SOPs, system and infrastructure for the purpose.
“EC held several engagement sessions with government departments and agencies, political parties from the opposition and government bloc, and non-governmental organisations as well as Sarawak and Sabah political parties,” he added.
He said the EC had briefed other parties on the planning and implementation of the amendments to the law as well as obtaining their feedback and views.