Automatic voter registration, a new milestone for parliamentary democracy in M’sia – See
BINTULU (October 7): The publication of the list of automatically registered new voters aged 18 and over on September 27 must be hailed as another important step for parliamentary democracy in Malaysia, said See Chee How, member of the assembly of Batu Lintang.
“As these new voters are expected to be eligible to vote after December 31, 2021, an additional 665,723 voters from all age groups will be able to participate in the upcoming Sarawak State elections which have been delayed due to the proclamation of Urgency (Sarawak) which was issued by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong for the period and can indeed stand until February 2, 2022, ”he said in a statement today.
Sarawak currently has 1.3 million registered voters, and See said the inclusion of 665,723 new voters meant that there would be nearly 2 million voters who would be able to take part in the ruling. fate of Sarawak if state elections were held after the turn of the new year.
“On the national front, we will potentially have 5.8 million new voters to add to the 15 million existing voters to participate in the general elections to determine Malaysia’s new political landscape,” he said.
However, See, who is also a member of the presidential council of the Sarawak Bersatu Party (PSB), estimated that this significant increase in the number of new voters, from 3,000 to over 30,000 in a constituency in the state, would be a huge challenge for political parties and potential candidates who are fighting to be elected to the state assembly and to form the next government.
“I am not surprised that rumors are rife that the Gabungan Sarawak Party (GPS) coalition government is seeking an audience with the sovereign to immediately lift the state of emergency so that the Legislative Assembly of the The state can be dissolved within a month and state elections are held next month or in December, before those substantial numbers of potential voters are declared eligible.
“I tend to believe that there is no truth in such rumors. Political expediency aside, the Chief Minister of Sarawak (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) has repeatedly assured Sarawakis that their safety and health are paramount, that he will not risk dissolving the Assembly of the state of Sarawak to pave the way for state elections when the Covid-19 virus, especially the Delta variant, is still rampant and is wreaking havoc throughout the state, ”he said.
Further, See said it would be historic for Sarawak to be the first state in Malaysia to hold state elections with over 70% of the population being eligible voters, to participate in the electoral process to decide the next government. who can claim resolute legitimacy.
According to him, it is also timely that the new state government has a strong mandate and support to rule Sarawak for the next five years, to demand the restoration of Sarawak’s special rights and privileges in accordance with the ‘Malaysia Agreement of 1963, Administering the Powers and Determining the Future of Sarawak and the Betterment of All Sarawakians.
“It is an exciting challenge as well as an opportunity to be seized to show the strength and political will of Sarawak and Sarawakans.
“We are certainly on the road to a greater Sarawak if our political leaders are ready to meet this challenge by allowing these 665,723 Sarawakans to vote in the upcoming state elections,” See said.
At the same time, he urged all potential eligible voters to immediately check their status, as they can always make corrections and amendments to the list by changing the voting localities.
He said it is the constitutional right of every Sarawakan to vote in the next election and to determine Sarawak’s future at this crucial time.
He added that Sarawakans’ internet access may be able to check their voting status through the website https://mysprsppa.spr.gov.my from October 1 to 31.
In the meantime, See urged the state government to make the lists of eligible voters available in all districts and administrative offices to ensure that all rural Sarawakans are able to verify whether they are included as than pre-registered voters.