If You Registered As A Voter In 2018, You Are Not Eligible To Vote In GE14

The current electoral roll is only updated until the fourth quarter of 2017.

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The Election Commission (EC) has clarified that those who registered to vote in 2018 will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14) on 9 May

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Quoting EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, Malaysiakini reported that the electoral roll which will be used for GE14 is only up until the fourth quarter of 2017.

The current electoral roll, according to Hashim, "consists of 14,940,624 registered voters". 

Speaking to Malaysiakini, an EC spokesperson explained that those who registered this year are still unable to vote because the electoral roll for the first quarter of 2018 has yet to be gazetted

“The public display process and the objections have also not been carried out,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier this year, The Star reported that Malaysians who register as voters from 1 January to 31 March this year may only get to vote if GE14 is held after mid-May

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Although voter registration can be done any time, the electoral roll is only updated once every three months. In addition, it typically takes six to eight weeks for EC to certify the update every quarter.

Hence, those who registered in the first quarter of 2018 will only have their names added to the electoral roll sometime between mid- to end of May.

If you're not sure if you have been entered into the GE14 electoral roll, you can check your voting status on the EC website

Alternatively, you can also check your status through the MySPR Semak mobile app, via SMS to 15888, or by calling 03-8892 7018 from 16 April onwards. 

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