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Monday, October 31, 2011

Overseas Malaysians file suit against EC

A group of Malaysians working overseas have filed an application in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to compel the Election Commission (EC) to register them as voters.

The six, all of who work in the UK, had applied to be registered as absent voters in order to be able to vote in the 13th general election.

They were instead registered by the EC as ordinary voters, who must return to Malaysia to vote in person.

One of the litigants, Dr Teo Hoon Seong, said in a statement that the right to vote is the fundamental cornerstone of democracy.

“It is the absolute duty of government to ensure that each and every citizen is treated equally within the law in a manner which allows them to exercise this right.”

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