Mafrel: Irregularities in by-elections

By Shanon Shah, The Nut Graph

Election watchdog Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) have found irregularities in the electoral roll for the three upcoming by-elections.

Additionally, Mafrel's findings of doubtful voters in the Bukit Selambau by-elections tally closely with estimates given by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) last week.

Mafrel's electoral roll verification (ERV) exercise found 65% of registered voters in Taman Bandar Baru in Bukit Selambau have their house numbers, but not road names, registered with the Election Commission (EC).

PKR had earlier estimated 62.5% of such cases in the same housing area.

"Our estimates are slightly higher than PKR's because we have done more thorough streamlining of the addresses listed in the most recent electoral roll," said Ong Boon Keong, Mafrel's northern region director, at a press conference today.

Mafrel said that it had found more than 90 house numbers with more than 15 registered voters in Taman Bandar Baru and Taman Peruda here, involving more than 3,400 registered voters in total.

In some case, more than 70 voters were registered in a single housing address, according to Mafrel's findings.

Mafrel also found other irregularities, such as the absence of house numbers for voters registered in the electoral roll.

Also, Mafrel said the number of voters actually registered out of the population eligible to vote was still very low.