The latest controversy in our electoral rolls system is Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim finding his polling constituency changed from Selangor to KL.
Many of us have heard tales about how the electoral rolls are suspect. About how most Malaysians abroad not being allowed to vote, unless they actually come home. About last minute postal votes. About people with bags of money moving around. That prompted me to write this commentary for Asia Times Online even before Khalid’s complaint.
Is Malaysia headed for an orderly or tumultuous political transition? Despite widespread popular concerns about the potential for electoral fraud and irregularities, political analysts believe Prime Minister Najib Razak is poised to call snap polls in the coming months while his approval ratings are high.
Last month, a member of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform disclosed that an audit of the electoral rolls revealed some 200,000 dubious registered voters. The audit, undertaken by Mimos Bhd, a government-owned technology company, found more than 10,000 cases where more than a dozen individual voters resided at the same listed address.
Full article in Asia Times Online.