Friday, February 29, 2008

8,666 Registered Voters Aged More Than 100 On Malaysia's Electoral Roles!

Malaysia has found nearly 9,000 people aged more than 100 on its electoral rolls as it heads for general elections next month, raising suspicions that the books are "contaminated" with dead voters.

The Election Commission has found the names of 8,666 registered voters with birth dates from a century or more ago, the New Straits Times said on Friday, quoting commission secretary Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor.

They included two 128-year-olds, the daily said.

"As far as the commission is concerned, as of December 31 last year, these voters are still alive," Kamaruzaman said.

Opposition groups have complained for years that the rolls are outdated and vulnerable to fraud.

The Election Commission says it relies on a dead voter's family or officials to notify it of the death and so rolls can be outdated, but it denies scope for electoral fraud whereby someone casts more than one ballot by impersonating a dead voter.

At the elections on March 8, the commission will for the first time use indelible ink to dye a voter's finger to ensure he or she cannot attempt to cast a second ballot undetected.

"We suspect that many among them had in fact passed away but that the commission has not yet struck off their names from the rolls," said Wong Chin Huat, of electoral-reform lobby group Bersih, which includes several opposition parties.

"This suggests a high degree of contamination in the rolls, which will make it easy for people to impersonate them on polling day," Wong added.

Malaysia has 10.9 million voters and its population has a life expectancy of about 72 years for men and 76 for women.

Opposition party Parti-Islam Se-Malaysia, which first spotted the names of the two 128-year-old voters on the rolls of central Selangor state, said it was checking if they were still alive.

"We plan to apply to the Guinness Book of Records to list them as the world's oldest voters if they truly are still alive and kicking," said party spokesman Roslan Shahir said. (Reuters UK)

***** 8,666 centenarians! Wow! Even a country like Japan would be proud of those figures. I wonder why these healthy examples of longevity have not made it to our Malaysia Book of Records?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pak Kibaki Lah is really set on rigging the coming polls using dead voters

5:55 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

The Ghosts of these "dead" voters should come back to haunt Bodohwi & his cronies!

8:42 PM GMT+8  
Blogger mahagraha said...

Dear The Malaysian,

I was just wondering if you are aware of what happened in Pakistan.

Now, Pakistan also has an Election Commission that is answerable to the executive (the same as in Malaysia too)

In a way, Pakistan EC also "suffers" from a problem of lack of independence.

But despite all that, Musharraf's ally - the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) lost the elections.

So what can we in Malaysia learn from the recent elections in Pakistan?

9:23 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear All, this ink is going to be useless and waste of money. that of course will solve the problem of double voter but what about paid indon who come and vote on behalf of those 'dead voter? my previous indon maid told me that she was paid $$ to vote.

6:13 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

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2:08 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous MyKad said...

That's 8,666 more chances for us to take pictures of them fakers.

Unless of course these votes come in through the mail... sigh another winning strategy for BN.

We should DEMAND that MyKad be used for future elections. That would do away with all the voters' registration process and a lot of the inaccurate data that the current process has.

IF JPJ, the Police and EPF ALL uses MyKad, don't tell me we can't use it for the General Election too.

11:49 PM GMT+8  

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