This is part of a Bernama report today which expose the extremely low rate of voters registration in Batang Ai! Something must be done to facilitate the registration of these voters or else it amount to disenfranchising them as citizens! For 22 000 people if we take away the 20% as those who are too young there are still some 18 000 eligible voters. With only 8000 registered this amount to about 44% registration-which is much lower than the national average at about 67%! With such a low registration rate it is possible that the choice as Assemblyperson by these registered voters may not reflect the overall people’s sentiments! Whatever happen to the regard for `the will of the people’?
Some practical problems of voters registeration must be addressed. Where is/are the nearest SPR office/locations where they can register? How can they get there? Can mobile registration office be possible?
A small to make here: the reporter claimed that `PKR campaigners have yet to make their presence felt’- Mafrel observers’ photo say a thousand words. Slanted main stream media reports make Mafrel’s more objective reporting more reliable and accurate! Look out for more!
`Nomination is on Sunday and polling on April 7 should there be a contest but the PKR campaigners have yet to make their presence felt.
For now, the BN is in control, its members crisscrossing the 1,341 sq km of
Batang Ai, a constituency of 22,270 people but only 8006 of whom are
registered voters, a figure confirmed yesterday by the Election Commission. ‘