Malaysia

Malaysians abroad have time to apply for postal voting

February 17, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Registered Malaysian voters living abroad have until the dissolution of Parliament to apply for postal voting for the 13th general election. 

Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (picture) said applications through the 1B Form received after midnight on the day of dissolution would not be processed. 

Since January 21, the EC had received 2,485 applications from Malaysians living overseas of which the highest were from Australia with 574 applications, United Kingdom (449), United States (195), China (132), Qatar (116) and United Arab Emirates (97), he told Bernama. 

Besides them, 2,651 Malaysian students and civils servants and their spouses have also registered for postal voting for the coming elections. 

He said Malaysian citizens could refer to the guideline for filling in the 1B Form on the EC website for any question they might have regarding form completion to ensure it was done properly. 

Completed forms need to be sent to the EC headquarters in Putrajaya by e-mail (upup@spr.gov.my), fax (+603-8881 1201/ 1202/ 1187/ 1192) or by post. 

Wan Ahmad said each application will be processed immediately and the applicants will be informed of their application status. 

“Malaysians abroad should keep themselves updated on EC’s announcements by visiting www.spr.gov.my from time to time,” he said. 

For the first time in the country’s election history, Malaysians living abroad who are registered voters can vote and be involved in determining the future of the country. 

Previously, only full-time students and civil servants and their spouses were eligible to use the postal voting facility. 

Besides being a registered voter, they must also have been in Malaysia for not less than 30 days within five years before Parliament and state assembly are dissolved. 

Malaysians living in Southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan are not eligible for postal voting and are required to return to cast their votes on polling day. — Bernama