No voting rights for overseas Malaysian citizens
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Last Updated: Friday, January 06, 2012, 18:32
Kuala Lumpur: The High Court in Malaysia has rejected an attempt by citizens overseas to obtain voting rights.

Six Malaysians living in the UK took the country's Election Commission to court last year after it refused to register them as voters.

Dismissing their application, Justice Rohana Yusuf ruled that the Election Commission's (EC) decision not to register the six as absent voters was in accordance with the law.

In her judgement, she said it was made clear, at the outset by the applicants, that they were not challenging the validity of the Elections Regulations but merely questioning the validity of the decision made by the EC.

She said it was also not suggested anywhere in their application that the EC's decision was not in compliance with the law.

She said the court could not make an order directing the EC to register the applicants as absent voters as that would tantamount to ordering the EC to act against the provisions of laws which were "valid, enforceable and remains unchallenged".

"The application in my view is ludicrous and bordering on abuse of court process," she said dismissing it.

Under Malaysian law, only government workers, army personnel, students and their spouses are eligible to vote from overseas.

The Election Commission recently said it would consider all the voting rights of all Malaysians abroad, but did not specify when this would take place.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has until March 2013 to call general elections, but it is widely expected that he may announce the date this year.


First Published: Friday, January 06, 2012, 18:32

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