Electoral watchdog groups in Malaysia said the voter list for next week’s general election had major flaws, including the existence of a 121-year-old voter, raising the spectre of possible fraud. About 15 million Malaysians are registered to vote in next Wednesday’s (May 9) election pitting Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled for six decades, against a resurgent opposition led by former leader Mahathir Mohamad. A joint study of the voters’ rolls by electoral reform groups Bersih and Engage found more than 500,000 cases of voters registered with the same address, while more than two million were found to have no address. The groups highlighted 10 major irregularities they said affected hundreds of thousands of voters nationwide.
“A defective electoral roll will bring into question the legitimacy of the whole election,” they said in a statement.
“Despite the huge number of dubious voters discovered, we believe these preliminary findings are just the tip of the iceberg.”
The study found some cases in which dead voters were re-registered, and one voter whose birth year was listed as 1897.