Political parties have been aggressively registering new voters nationwide with some 115,989 already signed up as of March. Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the registration was done by 5,686 Voter Assistant Registrars.
“Their appointment was to facilitate voter registration regardless of time and place. We monitor the registration monthly,” he told Bernama here today. Aziz said EC had registered 21,042 voters including 15,726 new ones while the other 5,316 applied for change of voting centres.
The registration were made at counters, state election offices and via its ‘outreach’ programme at public places like hypermarkets and night markets.
Some 17,942 voters were registered at post offices while another 25,000 were made at government departments, universities and colleges.
Voter registration was lowest in 2009 (post-election year) and usually shoots up as the general election nears. Aziz said the 16 by-elections held since March 2008 and campaigns via the electronic and print media helped to increase voter registration.