Breaking News: M'sian Overseas Can Vote By Post! *updated*

Posted by M ws On Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5 comments
A Malaysiakini report by Lee Way Loon posted at 11.40a.m. HERE said:

The Election Commission (EC) today announced that Malaysian citizens living overseas can vote by post come the next general election.



At a media briefing this morning, EC chief Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (centre) said the commission is in the midst of preparing the legislative changes to allow overseas Malaysian to vote.

“The only condition is (that citizens) must come back to Malaysia at least once in five years before Parliament is dissolved,” he said.

“This is to make sure that they know our political situation well before voting.”

Aziz said the EC will table the amendments at the next Parliament sitting in September if this is required.

“The system can be implemented by September if we have to amend the law, but it could be earlier than that (if legal amendments are not needed).”

‘A deadline is a deadline, but...’

Though the election date is not known yet, Aziz said he is confident that the system can be ready before the national polls.

Asked why the EC cannot meet the three-month deadline set by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform, he said it was because the EC has too many things to implement.

“A deadline is a deadline, it doesn’t mean we have to finish all,” he said.

In April, the PSC had recommended that the EC introduce a system whereby all Malaysian citizens living overseas could vote by post.

The EC was given a deadline of three months to consult with the relevant government agencies in order to enable the necessary regulations.

In the media briefing today, the EC also introduced a new position arrangement in the polling stream, where the polling agents will switch position with the polling booth (petak undi).

Under the new arrangement, the polling agents will sit facing the entrance to make it easier to monitor the voting process.


*Sorry for the late update.

5 comments to Breaking News: M'sian Overseas Can Vote By Post! *updated*

  1. says:

    Shadower Thanks for this swift update MWS. You just made my day. I WILL make my vote count!

    Shadower

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Shadower

    You are most welcome! Good to know you will vote. I hope as many Malaysians overseas who fit the bill can do the same! Take care and God bless!

    Cheers

  1. says:

    UP41 How do we know the overseas voters are real now ???? What are the safe guard measures that these will not be "mistakenly" or magically turn BN supporters to PR supporters or the other way round - PR votes become BN votes??? Interesting leh!!!!

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Your thoughts mirror mine, UP 41!!

    Ada udang di sebalik batu?

    Take care and thanks for sharing your sharp observations!

    Cheers

  1. says:

    cin2tan may be bn needs votes of Yen2's children from Oz !!??

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