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25 November 2012

damn got EC chairman....EC allows fraud in elections....Traceable or not, Selangor’s ‘phantom’ voters have right to vote, EC chief says

smoothly  BERSIH 4.0 ( PR )

Despite Selangor’s concerns that a sizeable 28 per cent of new voters in the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state could be “phantoms”, the Election Commission (EC) maintains it cannot bar those registered as they have a legitimate right to cast their ballot at the next national polls.

“Under the law, they are registered voters in Selangor and they are legal voters in Selangor, whether you want to call them phantom voters (or not), they are registered.”

“They can vote in Selangor on polling day,” Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (picture), the EC chairman, told 

The commission chief was responding to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s report last Friday highlighting a recent study that showed the state was unable to trace as many as 134,675 of the 497,084 of its newly-registered voters for the fourth quarter of last year.

For voters that Selangor claims cannot be traced, it “doesn’t mean they can’t vote”, Abdul Aziz said.

He also said that the EC determined a person’s voter constituency based on the address stated in his or her identity card (IC) and not according to the voter’s most current residence, which could be among the difficulties the state encountered in trying to track down a particular registered voter.

“The problem is they never stay [put] in that address,” he said, referring to the address recorded in voters’ ICs.

Abdul Aziz noted there were voters who worked on a contract basis and were forced to relocate frequently due to the nature of their job.

Such voters, he said, have a permanent address but only return to it occasionally.

He also pointed out that it was not unheard of for large groups of registered voters, including whole families, to list a common address of one relative or a friend, for the “convenience of the postman” because they lived in remote areas or shantytowns that are not recognised by the authorities and as such do not have a proper house number or even street names.

A whole village may share a single address, he stressed, adding that such cases made it very hard to track down voters.

“There is also a possibility that the people use somebody’s address because their addresses are not available, because they stay in squatters, have no address... sometimes they use the coffeeshop’s address, the bicycle shop’s address, the surau’s address,” Abdul Aziz said.

The commission chief said the EC would cross check with the National Registration Department (NRD), which is in charge of issuing the ICs — or as they are now officially called the MyKad — to verify a citizen’s identity and that their records are authentic.

“If the NRD answers that the IC is genuine, so we register that address,” he said.

He added that the EC gives a two-week window for objections to be recorded.

“If there are no objections, we gazette the name. If there are objections, we have a public inquiry,” he said.

Abdul Aziz said the EC repeatedly advises all registered voters to check and make sure their voter registration details — names, addresses and other particulars — are recorded correctly, and to inform the electoral body of any errors.

He stressed that under the law, the EC can only change a voting address if a voter makes the request.

“The SPR cannot change a person’s address arbitrarily,” he said, switching to the commission’s Malay initials by which it is more popularly known.

He said voters sometimes changed their addresses at the NRD but failed to inform the EC — which has led to criticism that the electoral rolls are not current.

One of the factors adding to the delay is that the NRD is not required by law to inform the EC of changes in a voter’s registration status.

The EC has been frequently criticised by election watchdog Bersih 2.0 and opposition politicians for failing to clean up its gazetted electoral roll of dubious entries.

“The SPR can only really clean the electoral roll with the help of voters and the people of Malaysia,” Abdul Aziz said.








This is absolute nonsense. What credibility is this ? These words come out from the EC Chairman !!!. He should be sacked immediately.

Phantomn voters are phantoms and should be erased immediately. By the way you said it, you are legalising the phantoms and allow BN voters to vote two or even three times.

We are not questioning the REAL Malaysian voters but how can the NEW voters be untraceable? And what if they are registered through dubious means when they are NOT citizens/questionable origin? That's the crux of the problem!

BN government tells NRD to register those illegal immigrants (wirhout proper addressess) for citizenship and NRD takes the order. SPR is informed to register these immigrants (already with the ICs but without proper addressess) and SPR takes the order too. This is a chain of conspiration of ploy to help BN win. So, the traitor (BN) should be condemned and be voted out

Let us pray this is the last of the dirtiest and corrupt election. After GE13, with God willing, Malaysia will have CLEAN and FAIR Elections, and most important of all, this Nation will be governed by NEW GOVERNMENT !

[For voters that Selangor claims cannot be traced, it “doesn’t mean they can’t vote”, Abdul Aziz said.]

This is reason enough for this guy to be fired.

Can anyone enlighten us on how much we, tax payers, have to fork out to keep these jokers in their positions? not wait any longer smoothly  BERSIH 4.O

Himpunan Hijau marches on despite barricades

City Hall’s barricades at Dataran Merdeka here will not be a barrier for environmental watchdog Himpunan Hijau, now in the last leg of their 300km march from Kuantan to rally in the city against the start-up of the Lynas rare earth plant.

Dozens of policemen and City Hall officials are currently on standby there as well, but a spokesman for Himpunan Hijau said the group is undeterred by the blockade and will continue to walk towards the historic square — which had seen violent clashes between electoral reform demonstrators Bersih 2.0 and the police on April 28.

“Ya, ya, we know they have blocked off Dataran Merdeka.

“The plan to head there will continue like usual and will not be cancelled,” the group’s publicity chief, Lee Chean Chung, told 

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib was previously reported as saying that City Hall — which administrates Dataran Merdeka — had issued a notice warning the public against rallying at the square, which is temporarily closed to enable upgrading works to be carried out.

Over 2,000 activists who are part of the group were on the move and had hit Sentul at the point of contact. They are expected to reach Dataran Merdeka today at 4pm.

Himpunan Hijau had kicked off their cross-country journey from the eastern seaport city on November 13.

Unprecedented public anger against the Lynas plant in Kuantan has been fuelling Malaysia’s green movement that could affect voter sentiment ahead of key national polls that must be called soon.

Himpunan Hijau is among several grassroots movements that have sprouted in the last few years that have gained traction in the run-up to the 13th general elections.

The group has held several rallies in Pahang — the home state of Datuk Seri Najib Razak — and here, to pressure the prime minister to stop Australian miner Lynas Corp from firing up its RM2.5 billion refinery in Gebeng.

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) is said to be the world’s biggest rare earth plant outside of China.

About 100 containers of rare earth concentrate arrived in Kuantan last week and Lynas has said it is ready to fire up its kiln.

Lynas has been ready to fire up since early May but faced delays due to environmental and safety disputes, which are pending in court.

Activists and Kuantan residents have challenged the government’s decision to award Lynas a temporary operating licence (TOL), which is scheduled to be heard on November 30.

They recently failed to get the court to suspend Lynas’ TOL in their bid to permanently block the plant from operating.

Huge amounts of superheated sulphuric acid are required to separate the rare earth elements from impurities found in the ore.

The Sydney-based company has repeatedly said its plant is safe and is not comparable to a rare earth plant in Bukit Merah, Perak by a unit of Mitsubishi Chemicals in 1992, which has been blamed for causing birth defects and a high rate of leukaemia cases among workers and residents nearby.






Here is a Gomen that is more interested on money than the health and safety of its own people. Lynas is only "safe" until the first disaster.

Let's not forget what Union Carbide did to Bhopal in1984.

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