Malaysians abroad may soon be allowed to vote via post

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

All Malaysians living abroad may soon be able to vote in elections via post, Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said today.

Abdul Aziz said the commission was looking into the possibility of amending election regulations to allow this, adding that it would “hopefully” be implemented before the 13th general election.

“We want it such that so long as you are Malaysian and you have valid identification, you can vote.

“Hopefully this can be done for the next election,” he said during a media briefing here today.

At present, election regulations only permit civil servants, full-time students and their spouses living abroad to vote via post.

Abdul Aziz (picture) stressed however that those living abroad must first register themselves as voters via Malaysian embassies in the respective countries they reside in before applying to the EC to become a postal voter.

“The EC will consider their application before approving,” he said.