The Election Commission (EC) has admitted a major error by allowing six individuals to be wrongfully registered with the address of the house belonging to Gombak MP Azmin Ali’s mother, but appears to have little power to rectify the problem.
In a statement yesterday, EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria conceded that there were five Chinese individuals and one Malay individual who had wrongfully registered to that house.
But in order for the six individuals to have their registration details updated, they have to personally meet the EC or its agents to state their case.
“The EC urges all voters who used the address of (Azmin’s mother’s house) to apply for a change of address which would be based on (the address in) their identity cards,” said Kamaruddin, adding that others in similar situations should do so to.
Kamaruddin explained that the six voters in question were registered before July 16, 2002 when a system was introduce to cross-check a voter’s detail with the National Registration Department (NRD).
“Through the Agency Link-Up System (Alis), the EC would check if the address (used in the) application is the same as that on NRD’s database,” he said.
EC can’t strike off ‘phantoms’ automatically
Moreover, before 2002 the EC did not require applicants seeking to change their address or the registration of new voters be performed in person at either the EC office or before its agents.
“In other words, the EC will accept any address specified to us in the application form (or Borang A),” he said.
The EC’s admission comes at a time when the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is calling on the public to join its July 9 rally for electoral reforms.
The controversy over ‘phantom voters’ at the home belonging to Azmin’s mother began as a dare by EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.
Azmin said that based on the 2010 electoral rolls, his mother was staying alone in Kampung Klang Gates, but there were 11 voters registered to that address. The other five are Azmin’s family members.
Azmin also claimed that there were 45 people registered to another address in the area.