This is a news found by Cheah Kah Seng which is a good reference about SPR’s attempt to remove dead voters from their rolls:
This is an old article from February this year that I missed about how SPR tries to delete dead voters. SPR goes outside of NRIC department it seems. See last four paragraphs.
|February 29, 2008 00:02 AM|
Master Electoral Roll Free Of Dead Voters
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 28 (Bernama) — The Master Electoral Roll to be used for the general election is free of the names of voters who had died.
The roll containing the names of 10,922,139 voters who died up to Dec 31 last year was gazetted on Feb 5.
Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Kamaruzaman Mohd Noor said it had removed the names of 697,902 voters who died between Jan 1, 2004 and Dec 31 last year.
He said the commission was mindful that there were registered voters who died between Jan 1 and March 7 this year.
“The general election laws do not allow EC to remove the names of the deceased from the Master Electoral Roll. Their names will be exhibited in April for public viewing,” he said when commenting on the confusion among Opposition parties.
“Political parties and independent candidates need not worry as claims that some people will be voting in place of dead registered voters are baseless.”
The EC would be distributing the list of voters who died between Jan 1 and March 7 and their identity card numbers to all polling centre heads, he said.
“This will enable them to be aware of voters who had died to prevent the issuance of ballot papers in their names.
“They have also been directed to get police help to nab those who turn up to vote using the identity cards of dead voters.
“The offenders will be arrested under the Criminal Procedure Code and the offence is punishable under Section 7 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
“Those who disguise as voters can be jailed for up to two years and fined a minimum of RM1,000 or up to RM5,000.”
In an effort to clean the electoral list of names of dead voters, the EC had despatched teams to police stations nationwide to get copies of the burial permits.
Last year, it succeeded in removing 10,064 names of dead voters from the electoral roll and informed their next of kin to produce copies of the death certificates.”
Kamaruzaman said a team was also sent to 2,764 longhouses in Sarawak between January 2006 and October last year, and 12,807 dead voters were traced and reported to the National Registration Department.
After consulting the longhouse heads and supported by the district officers, the 12,807 names were later removed from the electoral roll.