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Online voter registration soon

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Jan 2009: The Election Commission (EC) will introduce online voter registration soon aimed at encouraging more people particularly the young to sign up.

EC chairperson Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said online voter registration would allow those eligible to vote to register using their personal computers.

“It will be implemented once a study on the system is completed. There are four million Malaysians eligible to vote who have yet to register with EC. Most of them are young, in their 20s,” he said after an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Terengganu here today.

He was accompanied by EC secretary Datuk Ngah Senik.

“We hope that non-governmental organisations (NGO) like Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) and political parties will help attract people to register as voters,” he said.

Abdul Aziz said he used the 50 minute audience to brief Tuanku Mizan on the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election on 17 Jan.

He described the by-election as the best yet and would be used as a benchmark for future elections.

“Tuanku was happy and asked us to conduct our duties fairly, impartially, unbiased and professionally.”

Abdul Aziz was appointed EC chair on 31 Dec while Ngah was appointed secretary on 16 Nov last year. — Bernama


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