Minister urges EC to clarify on development of Undi18 implementation

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican speaks to reporters after launching the Sports Industry Financing Scheme at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Putrajaya, March 11, 2021. — Bernama pic
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican speaks to reporters after launching the Sports Industry Financing Scheme at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Putrajaya, March 11, 2021. — Bernama pic

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SHAH ALAM, Mar 14 — The Election Commission (EC) has been urged to clarify on the latest developments regarding Undi18 implementation to enable the public to get the correct and clear information on the issue.

Youth and Sports (KBS) Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said as an independent entity, the EC should explain the situation because the policy to lower the voting age to 18 is already at the implementation stage.

“The law has been passed and gazetted and amendments to the Constitution have been made to implement voter registration of persons when they turn 18.

“The EC must come forward to explain the work map, the process and planning and how it is to be implemented. This is the stage of implementation and it is a long process. There must be further amendments, coordination, amendments to the state constitutions, all these must be explained by the EC,” he told Bernama and RTM in a special media conference at his residence, here.

Reezal Merican said KBS cannot take the lead in confronting the issue as it is the EC’s role to explain the direction of Undi18, including voter registration, voting rights and standing as parliamentary candidate at that age.

He said the Undi18 issue should be defended and must become a reality because 211 MPs had put aside their political ideology to support the cause which led to its approval at the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara levels.

Reezal Merican was commenting on media reports claiming that the country is still not ready to allow 18-year-olds to vote although the Dewan Rakyat has passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019. — Bernama

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