Selangor Journal

EC should consider the proposed automatic registration

BY NAZLI IBRAHIM
PETALING JAYA, FEB 21: The Election Commission (EC) should not ignore the recommendations of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) to carry out the registration process automatically as soon as a citizen reaches the age of 21 years.
Deputy Chairman of BERSIH 2.0, Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari said, the EC’s action was ultimately complicate and delay the process for those who are qualified to vote, which is part of the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic country.
“Although voter registration is the EC’s responsibility but their complex and troublesome process of registering voters and ignores the recommendation BERSIH 2.0 to performs automatic registration of voters.
“If the EC is serious about fulfilling its duties, we welcome their cooperation with .BERSIH 2.0 in our efforts to encourage voter registration,” he said at a press conference at the BERSIH 2.0 Office in Eight Avenue, here, today.
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He stated, with the registration system at the Post Office, the EC may take six months to process the gazette of new voters.
Thus, at the same BERSIH 2.0 press conference also launched a Voting Registration Month campaign that will took place during the month of March 2017 through the ‘U Campaign’.
Given that voting plays a key role in the democratic process, BERSIH 2.0 had to step in and move the “U Campaign”.
“BERSIH 2.0 chose March to carry out this campaign because it is the end of this quarter ot the year with the SPR began the registration process,” he said.
Shahrul Aman stated, U campaign is targeting more than four million people have yet to register in order to restore power to the people.
He said the campaign includes a number of activities in the field such as at the post office and other events nationwide beginning this Saturday, February 25, 2017.

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