Media Statement by Anthony Loke, DAP National Organising Secretary-cum-MP for Rasah and Dr. Ong Kian Ming, DAP Election Strategist on 25 January 2013
The Election Commission (EC) announced, on 21 January, 2013, the requirements and procedures for Malaysians overseas to apply for approval to cast a postal ballot in the upcoming 13th General Election.
We are disappointed that it took the EC almost 14 months from the Parliamentary Select Committee’s Preliminary Report which was released on 1 December 2011 to implement this proposal. The EC now has approximately 2 months to register the many registered voters who are living and working overseas. This unnecessary delay means that many Malaysians will continue to be disenfranchised even after this announcement by the EC. During this time, there were no attempts by the EC, together with Wisma Putra, to encourage Malaysians overseas to register as ordinary voters at Malaysian high commissions and consulates. This means that the many tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Malaysians living and working overseas who are not yet registered ordinary voters, are not eligible to apply to be a postal voter.