By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani (The Malaysian Insider)
June 14, 2011
Azmin Ali also alleged that EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria had informed him the commission had received orders from above to not provide the addresses in full. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 – Azmin Ali claimed today that the addresses of more than 90 per cent of voters are missing from the latest electoral roll provided by the Election Commission (EC), while accusing Barisan Nasional (BN) of gearing up to use phantom voters in the next elections.
The PKR deputy president also condemned the EC for forcing political parties within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to pay RM48,000 for the electoral roll when it is the responsibility of the commission to provide such information.
“The 2010 fourth quarter electoral roll we received two days ago is the dirtiest roll I have ever seen in many years.
“It does not matter if they vote for Barisan Nasional or Pakatan but to be fair, information must be given to the electorate before they can decide. How do we get across our policies if we are denied the opportunity to meet with the voters? Where is democracy in our country?” Azmin told reporters during a press conference here.
Azmin also alleged that EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria had told him that the commission had received orders from above to not provide the addresses in full.
“The EC continues to be used by Umno and BN during elections. The latest development shows that the EC is no longer capable of conducting elections that are clean and fair.
“This is part of Umno’s efforts to include phantom voters in the roll. I feel disappointed with the attitude of the EC that it has received orders from Umno,” he added.
Azmin has previously accused the BN federal government of issuing identity cards to illegal immigrants to boost their electoral votes.
The Gombak MP did not substantiate his claims — citing “reliable sources” — and accused JPN of working with BN to issue identity cards in illegal immigrant squatter settlements in the state.
A total of 130,097 new voters were registered in Selangor last year.
According to the EC, 70 per cent of the 4.3 million unregistered voters are between the ages of 21 and 40. About 450,000 Malaysians turn 21 each year, the eligible age of voting in this country.
Selangor PKR deputy chairman Zuraida Kamaruddin recently circulated a document alleged to be a letter sent by Umno to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein requesting that 2,000 foreigners be given full citizenship instead of just permanent residence.