Malaysia

EC: 125 submissions for overseas vote so far

January 23, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 — The Election Commission (EC) has received 125 applications from Malaysians abroad who wish to vote by post in the 13th general election as of 10am today.

EC Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (picture) said most of the applications received so far came from Malaysians residing in Australia, followed by the United Kingdom.

“However, we find that there are applicants who are not eligible to vote by post because they did not register as voters. This is not allowed because the condition to vote by post is that they must be registered voters,” he said when approached by Bernama today.

The regulation allowing Malaysians residing abroad to vote by post was gazetted on January 21 based on three conditions.

These are that applicants must be registered as voters, have been in Malaysia or returned to the country for not less than 30 days in the five years preceding the dissolution of Parliament and the state legislative assemblies, and residing abroad except for those living in Southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan.

Previously, only full-time students and civil servants and their spouses (absent voters) were allowed to cast their votes by post.

Abdul Aziz hoped that the trend in submitting application forms would continue as the number of absent voters who voted by post in the last general election had been disappointing at only about 2,600 voters.

The 1B Form, which is the Application Forms for Postal Voting Papers (Foreign Postal Voters) can be downloaded from the EC’s website.

The application for postal voting facilities was opened since January 21 until midnight on the day of the dissolution of Parliament. — Bernama