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Labuan roll contains ‘dead’ voters – DAP

LABUAN: The names of more than 100 persons who are over 100 years old and many others in their 70s, 80s and 90s still appear in the latest Labuan electoral roll.

Labuan DAP chief Lau Seng Kiat revealed this to reporters here yesterday, prompting the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) here to demand for an explanation from the Election Commission (EC).

“We are shocked when we received the list from Sabah DAP chief Dr Hiew King Cheu while he was conducting a Polling Agent Counting Agent Seminar here last Saturday.

“He (Hiew) gave us the latest registered voters list for Labuan parliamentary constituency from the EC office in Sabah and we found that more than 100 persons in the list are over 100 years old while the rest are in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

“Logically, most of them must have died and how come the EC had overlooked such a fact,” Lau said and criticised the EC for not doing a clean job to update the roll.

He said there was concern about the likelihood of the list being used by the Barisan Nasional (BN) as its “weapon” to win in the next general election.

“The list might create phantom voters for BN for most of the registered voters had died,” he said, urging the EC to clarify the Labuan electoral roll.

Citing an example, Lau said a registered voter, Ong Kwang Boon from Kampung Sungai Keling here was born in 1900 with identification card number H0096358. This means Ong was 111 years old now but was still registered as rightful voter.

Another example was Normah Haji Ambu from Kampung Pohon Batu who was born in 1902, but was also still registered as a rightful voter.

“This is ridiculous,” Lau pointed out, adding that what is even more ridiculous is the need to pay RM10, as required under Rule 15(4) of the Election (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, for an individual seeking clarification for the status of the rightful voter from the EC.

Lau described the rule as outdated for it is the task of the EC to verify the status of rightful voters.

“We want an answer from the EC. If there are 1,000 names we want to be clarified to determine if they are the rightful voters, how much do we need to pay for it? This happens throughout Malaysia.

“Are they not going through the checking process for those who are already more than 100 years old?” asked Lau.

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