Mafrel Finds Names Of Dead in Electoral Rolls

(Bernama) – LUBOK ANTU: Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel), an election watchdog, has detected the names of three dead people on the electoral rolls for the Batang Ai state by-election on Tuesday, Mafrel team leader Peter John Jaban said Saturday (4 April).

The three people were two women, Dyg Utat Kamaruden and Timah anak Ambal, and a man, David Aling anak Usit, he said in a statement. John said Dyg Utat was born in 1898 and died in May 1981, and was buried at the Kampung Ulu Muslim Cemetery in Sri Aman. Timah was born in 1900 and died many years ago and was buried at the Lubok Antu Chinese Cemetery next to her husband's grave.

He said he found it weird that Dyg Utat was still registered as Dyg binti Abg Kam in the electoral rolls dated 5 Feb, 2008. "In the current rolls, she is registered as Dyg Utat binti Abang Kamaruden," he said.

David Aling was born in 1940 and died two years ago, and was buried at the Lubok Antu Christian Cemetery here, he said. John said that though David Aling's name was removed from the National Registration Department (NRD) records of living persons, his name had yet to be struck off from the electoral rolls.

"He is an eligible voter for this by-election where he is to cast his vote at the SMK Lubok Antu. This is casting doubt on the efficiency of the EC (Election Commission) to clean up its rolls consistent with the NRD records," he said.

Mafrel is all for a clean electoral rolls to ensure a fair and free election, he said. "As such, we would like to suggest for the EC to use the NRD records as a system to automatically register all eligible voters once they come of age," he said.