Within a year, 300% increase in new voters & RM500,000 Allocated For Voter Registration Exercise
Even as the controversy surrounding various revelations about electoral fraud continues, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz dropped a shocking figure of newly registered voters, showing a three-fold increase in 2010 compared to 2009.
In his parliamentary reply to Bukit Bendera member of parliament Liew Chin Tong, Nazri (right) revealed that a total of 820,156 people had been registered as voters in 2010 compared to 276,621 in 2009.
According to Nazri, the sharp increase was not surprising and attributed it to rising political awareness among Malaysians.
He said it was usual to see low number of registration after a general election, adding that the number of new voters would gather pace “when the election is around the corner”.
Nazri added that a total of RM500,000 was allocated for new voter registration exercise.
RM500,000 Allocated For Voter Registration Exercise
The government has allocated RM500,000 for voter registration exercise in 2010, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
He said this would enable the Election Commission (EC) to process and certify new voter registration applications and change of address of polling stations on quarterly basis.
“This will take between three and five months and the EC is deploying 132 personnel for voter registration exercise,” he said in a written reply to Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Bukit Bendera) at the Dewan Rakyat here Thursday.