Thursday, February 21, 2013

Voter awareness videos launched

Alyaa Azhar

February 21, 2013
Two organisations fighting for free and fair elections and an online radio station have come out with videos to educate Malaysians of their rights.
KUALA LUMPUR: Two electoral reform non-governmental organisations have joined hands with an online radio station to launch a series of voter education videos aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of voting among other things.
Bersih, Tindak Malaysia and Durian FM have come-up with a series of educational videos set in an entertaining format targeting Malaysian voters on their rights and responsibilities.
The videos contain introduction to the Malaysian electoral system, for example, on the polling station layout and on the know-how of the voting process which includes the issue of vote secrecy.
Issues of the electoral system such as election costs, the indelible ink problem, electoral fraud, phantom voters and ballot paper pre-marking are also touched in the videos.
“A total 16 episodes are in the pipeline. The videos will be released gradually through MyDurianTV Youtube channel at over the next few months,” said Tindak Malaysia founder PY Wong.
“These videos are designed to raise public awareness to provoke people to think about the electoral problems and prompt them to take action to reform the electoral system,” he said.
Bersih steering committee member Arul Prakkash said the launch of the vidoes was timely and crucial as “we need to inform voters on their rights and responsibilities.”
“Other than the rights to vote, voters need to know what are the other rights that they have, for example, at the polling station itself,” he said.
Durian FM founder Jamaluddin Ibrahim, explaining the reason in producing the videos, said that it was important for the rights of the people to be returned back to the people.
Video director Ving Lee said that the videos will be released entirely come election time and that after the general election, there will still be other educational videos released.
“This is because educating people is a long-term process and it should not just be for the coming election only,” she said.
Asked if they would collaborate with any political party to promote the videos, she said that they welcome any party in promoting the videos as they are a neutral entity.
~ Free Malaysia Today

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