Court allows application of six M’sians to be registered as absent voters

(The Star) – KUALA LUMPUR: Six Malaysians in Britain have been granted leave to compel the Election Commission (EC) to register them as absent voters in the next general election.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Rohana Yusuf set Dec 13 for case management and Jan 3 for the hearing.

The six are Dr Teo Hoon Seong, electrical engineer V. Vinesh, entrepreneur Paramjeet Singh, Dr Yolanda Sydney Augustin, translator Sim Tze Wei and software architect Leong See See.

The applicants want a declaration that as Malaysians staying abroad, they are entitled to be registered as absent voters and directed the EC, named as the sole respondent, to register them.

They also want to quash a decision made by the EC, which notified them in a letter dated Sept 9, that it will not register them as absent voters.

Alternatively, they are asking for a court order directing the EC to make regulations and take appropriate actions within 14 days from the court ruling to allow them to be registered as absent voters and/or postal voters in order for them to vote in the general election.