1. The National Registration Department offered to share data base between NRD, EC and the Police. This far they keep separate data on the citizens causing many discrepancies. The automatic registration proposal from the election watchdogs have been based on the idea that the sharing of data will save costs and personnel for all concerned.
2.New system of EC data allow voters to find put who else are registered in a voters’ address/home. This follow PKR’s Azmin Ali complaining of unknown people using their home address to register as voters.Actually this problem had been noticed and exposed many times during all previous elections;
`Death Permits’ needed from NRD?
Is it too little too late? Anyway the EC through Wan Ahmad had conceded that the BN’s view that only BN should use the public funded government media and not the Opposition run counter to EC’s stand on the issue. EC can only keep talking to the governemnt who has been adamant to keep monopolising the public media especially during elections, as it had done in Sarawak state elections and all elections before that.
As to the new NRD Director General her statemet that the NRD officers only go to the ground in Sabah and Sarawak once in 2 months it would be tragic if it were true: already the Home Minister Hishammuddin had initiated a move to send up to 5 mobile units to the Sarawak interior since last year to enable the NRD to register all unregistered Sarawakian residents al year round ahead of a 2-year deadline, which should end in 2011. If the truth is the mobile units only visit the interior once in 2 months it would show that the effort to register all unregistered residents there would not be achieved. The increase in frequency to register residents in the interior came after pressure from civil society and community groups all through the years.
Overall the EC and BN still remain adamant that the way to run elections by the EC/BN will remain unchanged to keep advantaging the BN. So there is perhaps no choice but for those who see this as unacceptable to go directly to the people to seek support. How bad could the bureaucracy is reflected in the procedure to even issuing `death permits’! Does it mean that if you don’t have one then you cannot even die according to the Malaysian government? In truth the Sarawak Road Show team did recorded 2 such cases waiting for years to get a `death permit’!!!!!
|NRD Studying Possibility Of Having Common Database With EC, Police|
|PUTRAJAYA — The National Registration Department (NRD) is studying the possibility of having a common database with the Election Commission (EC) and parties involved in the issuing of death permitssuch as the police.Newly-appointed NRD director-general Jariah Mohd Said, the first woman to be appointed NRD DG, said the move was seen as a way of handling public complaints on the presence of phantom voters each time a General Election was impending.She said the step was seen as necessary considering NRD did not destroy data of individuals should the next-of-kin or informers not report their deaths to the department.”Through the system, it would enable NRD to update the information of the Mykad owner as soon as a death permit is issued and it will at the same time facilitate EC updating its data on the voter concerned.”While the awareness of the people to report the death of a relative is important, NRD will also ensure information is updated all the time and monitor records of individuals more than 90 years old,” she said in an interview here on Wednesday.
However, Jariah who took up the position on June 22, said actually the issue of phantom voters should not have arisen as it was not easy for a person to use another individual’s Mykad.
Commenting on many who did not have personal identity documents especially in Sabah and Sarawak, she said NRD would see if there was a need for an NRD officer to go to the ground in the affected areas more frequently.
“At the moment, the NRD is still carrying out the task with the communities in Sabah and Sarawak where the officer visits once in two months,” she said.
Other than that, she said, NRD now was processing all applications sent through its “Mydaftar” campaign which was seen as achieving its objectives.