Spike in new voters from 1982 – EC.

KOTA KINABALU: The conducting officer in the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) public hearings in Sabah yesterday suggested the Election Commission considering posting photos of all registered voters on its website.

Manoj Kurup said this would make it easier for the public to check their voter status, especially in cases where more than one persons were using the same identification card number and name.

“It has been revealed throughout the Inquiry that there were cases where two individuals are using the same identity. So, why not include the pictures of the voters so that they can make sure it is them and not other people when they check online?” he said.

Putrajaya Election Commission (EC) Registration of Voters Unit secretary Yusniati Ishak, who was testifying before the Commission when the suggestion was made, said the EC at the moment did not see the need to implement the move.

She added that a study needed to be carried out before implementing the suggested improvement as it could involve extra costs and could be deemed inconvenient by the public if they had to provide pictures when applying to be registered as voters.

However, Yusniati said she would forward the suggestion to the EC office.

Friends of the court taking part in the hearing also suggested that EC put up the pictures of new applicants when exhibiting their names for objection before confirming their status in the electoral roll.

They also suggested EC use colour photographs to make it easier for the applicants or members of the public to identify them in case they wanted to make an objection.

Earlier, Yusniati explained that the names of new voters would be displayed for 14 days in designated public places, such as district offices, before they can be confirmed as registered voters.

She said this was to allow the parties involved to make objections, such as in cases where the person registered in a certain constituency was not from the area.

On the number of registered voters in Sabah, she confirmed that there was a decline throughout the 1969, 1974 and 1978 elections.

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