Military spouses: EC now blames duplications on registrars

Responding to the allegation by DAP that voters had been registered under the civilian MyKad of their army spouses, the Election Commission (EC) today told its assistant voter registration officers (AROs) to be more careful in carrying out their duties.

EC deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the errors could be due to the negligence of military officers who have been appointed AROs.

A report in Malay language daily Berita Harian today quotes Wan Ahmad reminding the AROs to inspect the personal details of those who wanted to register as voters before submitting their applications to the commission, especially their names and MyKad numbers.

He said mistakes made by AROs in recording the details of voters would tarnish the image of the EC, which has been the subject of criticism by the opposition.

An ARO is an EC appointee to register new voters as the commission is short of manpower.

Wan Ahmad said as a responsible body, the EC always reminds its AROs, including those appointed by the Defence Ministry, to scrutinise the names of newly-registered voters, including postal voters.

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