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Reveal the latest electoral roll, Mahathir tells EC
Published on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged the Election Commission (EC) to reveal the latest electoral register.

He said there were several issues regarding the register that needed clarification.

"There were a lot of problems with the previous roll, where voters were listed at addresses that did not exist, incomplete addresses, or addresses of voters who were total strangers to each other but listed as living in one house.

"There were all kinds of flaws in the previous roll. In order to avoid these flaws from recurring in this coming general election, we hope the EC is able to release the latest roll for us to make comparisons.

"Previously, the roll was available to political parties, but this time around, the EC is refusing to release it.

"This is something very unusual. Previously, if we had requested for the latest roll, we could obtain it with a fee," he told a press conference at the PPBM headquarters.

Mahathir, who is also PPBM chairman and the PH Prime Minister candidate, also questioned the Registrar of Societies (RoS) over its non-response to the PH's application to register the coalition's logo.

"Until now we have not received an answer from them. We need to start our election campaign soon, we can't wait.

"The problem is they have not even acknowledged our application. We have been waiting and have even sent reminders, but to no avail. It is as if this application did not happen.

"Previously, we tried to meet with RoS, but according to their written reply, there were some problems with PPBM and DAP.

"We have rectified the problems, but we don't understand what seems to be the problem now," he said.

Dr Mahathir said Selangor PKR's apparent disagreement over his candidacy as Prime Minister-designate was an "internal affair" and should be resolved within the party.

"We are not dismissing them, we know there are those who do not agree. If they don't agree, then we'll look into it.

"These are all internal affairs, we don't have to tell the press about it," he said.

At the Pakatan convention on Jan 7, the coalition unanimously decided that Dr Mahathir would be its candidate for Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail his deputy should they take Putrajaya.

But the decision did not sit well with Selangor PKR, who refused to endorse the 93-year-old politician as Prime Minister-designate.

Speculation was also rife that they wanted Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as Pakatan's choice instead.

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