JPN insist on its own death certificate as the only way to remove the name of a citizens from its registry-and this will be passed on to the EC-thus causing long dead voters to still live in the electoral roll. Why is the JPN not check with the police stations which give out the burial certificate to keep its records up to date? By insisting that the death be reported to its department before the death is recognised then the department is putting its own convenience over fulfiling its own duty to keep the citizens registry updated. In the course of our work to help citizens registry we received a couple of cases where the complainants alleged that their relatives are denied `death certificate’ due to certain incomplete or inconsistent information on their relatives-thus making it not allowable for the relative to die-at least in the JPN’s eyes!
JPN denies it failed to give EC mortality updates
by Johnson K Saai. Posted on January 14, 2011, Friday
KUCHING: The National Registration Department (JPN) has never failed to update the Election Commission (EC) of any deaths for as long as they were reported to the department.
JPN director-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim said that the department had been working very closely with SPR and will inform the latter about any deaths for the purpose of cleansing the electoral rolls.
He said this during a meeting with representatives from the print and electronic media at the State JPN headquarters in Simpang Tiga here yesterday.
“Nevertheless, the problem is that not all deaths are reported to us. Some families tend to misunderstand that the burial certificates issued to them were the death certificates which is incorrect.
“To get the death certificates they have to come to our nearest office to make a formal report. Only then that the actual death certificate will be issued and the name be deleted from our system. Without the official report we cannot simply delete people’s names from the list,” he said.
He said if the deaths were not reported to the department then there would not be any way for them to know if a person was dead or alive.
As such, he urged Malaysians to report any deaths to JPN so as to enable the department update their record and also to inform EC who will then check if the person was a registered voter.
“We may be able to know if they are still alive or otherwise for those who are above 90 years old because our department once a while will go to visit them. But in our society those who live beyond 100 years old are very few,” he said.
With the statement, Alwi indirectly dismissed that it was the department’s faults when some demised persons would still have their names in electoral rolls even though they have died for years.
On a separate matter, Alwi said very soon 12 years old children who apply for MyKad will be able to get the document done within only an hour if they submit their applications to the state JPN headquarters at Simpang Tiga here.
Alwi said that at the moment only MyKad replacement will take one hour to process while new applications still required at least one month.
“However, in our efforts to improve our service to our clients we are also trying to shorten the time taken for the issuance of MyKad for 12 years old applicants staying within and around Kuching.
“At the moment only MyKad replacement can be issued in an hour but we are trying to include the new applicants upon reaching 12.
“We hope to have the system ready by middle of next month,” he said.
He said that the one hour process for MyKad replacement was first introduced here in October last year and since then 7,777 MyKad replacements had been issued by the JPN Kuching office up to the first week of this month.
Out of the total 899 were issued in October last year, November (2,943), December (3,573) and in the first week of this month (362).