M’sians abroad now eligible for postal voting

(Bernama) – Postal voting facilities for Malaysian citizens living abroad, apart from absentee voters, will be implemented for the coming general election.

Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said it was in line with recommendations from the Special Election Committee On Improving The Election Process for Malaysians living abroad and absentee voters to be given postal voting facilities.
For this to be implemented, the EC was finalising the policies, logistics planning, manpower and financial allocations before amendments on the Election Regulations (Postal Voting) 2003 was made, he said.
“After the regulations are finalised, the EC will set a date for its implementation and will be brought for approval by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. 
“Following this, the regulations will be gazetted and then tabled at the Dewan Rakyat,” he said in a statement today.
Kamaruddin explained that although the third meeting of the fifth session of the 12th Dewan Rakyat had ended, and new regulations had not been tabled, it did not mean the regulations could not be enforced during the general election.
“The EC will ensure that the date for implementation of the regulations is set, so it can be used in the general election.
“Tabling of the regulations at Dewan Rakyat, according to Section 17 of the Election Act 1958, is required by law after it is approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, setting of the enforcement date and gazetting of the regulations are done,” he said.
With the enforcement of the regulations, Malaysians who meet the EC’s requirements will be eligible for postal voting.