9th August, 2012
A mock voting exercise held yesterday
KOTA KINABALU: Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof has assured that the electoral rolls are clean.
He said during the first quarter of this year, the EC had removed 18,412 names of voters who have passed away and another 27,785 during the second quarter.
“And last year, we deleted 68,516 names of voters who have passed away,” he told a press conference after meeting with political leaders and the media here yesterday.
Abdul Aziz stressed that the EC needed cooperation especially from voters as well as those with vital information in its efforts to clean up the electoral rolls.
“I assure you that the voting rolls are clean and even if there is any mistake the percentage will be very small but that does not mean we compromise,” he said.
As such Abdul Aziz expressed the hope that voters would come forward this month and in September to check their details with the EC.
“We are aware that the electoral rolls are often disputed but the fact is that we have been cleaning up the rolls every day,” he added.
He however explained that the EC was not at liberty to simply change the voters’ personal details which only they themselves could do it.
Abdul Aziz also said any change such as correcting the spelling of names, address, date of birth and MyKad number, could only be done if there were requests from the voters.
“This is because only the voters will know whether the details are correct or wrong,” he said.
And, according to him, voters could visit the EC website – www.spr.gov.my -, go to any EC counter or call the EC office to request for the necessary corrections.
Voters can also send an SMS to 15888 by typing SPR space SEMAK space and MyKad number.
Meanwhile Abdul Aziz said the EC had made corrections to 2,919 names, among others on the electoral rolls between January and June this year.
“We meet every month and do the necessary corrections as requested by the voters,” he added.