Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bersih to launch nationwide voter registration campaign

Geraldine Tong     Published     Updated

Electoral reform movement Bersih is to launch a voter registration campaign that is expected to last throughout the month of March to encourage more eligible people to register as voters.

"At the present moment, we are still under-registering our new voters. A total of 4.4 million qualified citizens aren't registered as voters yet.

"Every quarter, it's 170,000 to 180,000 eligible new voters that have not been registered.

"That is why we feel this campaign can give a boost so that we get as many people as possible to register as voters. This is important for the coming general election," Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

Assuming the next general election will be held in the third or fourth quarter of this year, March 31 would be the last day an eligible voter can get registered in time to vote in the forthcoming election, Maria said.

This is why, she added, Bersih will be campaigning intensively for the people to register themselves as voters in March.

Campaign to kick off on March 4

Called the 'U Campaign', it will kick off in Kuantan in Pahang and Inanam in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, on March 4, she said.

The Bersih campaigners will then head to Johor Baru and Alor Star on March 5, and onwards to Penang, Kuching and Klang on March 11.

The last activity of the campaign will be at Petaling Jaya on March 25, she said, adding that Bersih was trying to target areas outside of Selangor and the Klang Valley.

Activities planned for the campaign will also target post offices, where the people can get registered, Bersih deputy chairperson Shahrul Mohd Aman Saari said.
Another activity would be flyers with a big bold letter 'U', where people are encouraged to write why they want to vote underneath it.
Succinct descriptions on how to get registered are written on the back of the flyers.

One of the main demographics of unregistered eligible voters they hope to appeal to are youths aged 21 to 29 years, Shahrul said.

"By introducing a sleek design and a more interactive aspect to our campaign, we hope to appeal to the younger generation while remaining committed to bridging the urban-rural divide," he said.

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