PUTRAJAYA — Aug. 27, 2019: Young Malaysians will have to wait two years before they can register as voters under the law that recently lowered the voting age to 18 years because the Election Commission needs time to set up the automatic voter registration system.
This system is expected to be ready between one and a-half and two years from now.
According to the EC’s deputy chairman Dr. Azmi Sharom, the agency also needs to prepare for the millions of additional voters, ensure sufficient polling centres and channels as well as buy more ballot boxes and train staff.
Azmi was interviewed by the Bernama News Channel television station today.
The Dewan Rakyat passed the Bill in July to amend the federal Constitution to lower the voting age.
The EC expects turnout in the next general election to reach over 22 million, compared with 14.9 million in the last one in May last year.
In addition to lowering the voting age, the amendments also lowers the eligible age of candidates also to 18 and enables automatic registration of voters. — Bernama -