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RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO BE ELECTED



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RIGHT TO VOTE AND TO BE ELECTED

The Commission is of the view that the right to vote is the basis of the authority of the Government and that it is the peoples’ choice that would essentially legitimise a ruling Government and uphold democracy. It should be noted that the right to vote is encapsulated in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, under:

Article 119 (1) of the Federal Constitution, which states that,

Every citizen who— (a) has attained the age of twenty-one years on the qualifying date;(b) is resident in a constituency on such qualifying date or, if not so resident, is an absent voter; and (c) is, under the provisions of any law relating to elections, registered in the electoral roll as an elector in the constituency in which he resides on the qualifying date, is entitled to vote in that constituency in any election to the House of Representatives or the Legislative Assembly unless he is disqualified under Clause (3) or under any law relating to offences committed in connection with elections; but no person shall in the same election vote in more than one constituency.’

The Commission has observed that the main issue of concern for Malaysian citizens with regard to participation rights involves the ‘right to vote’, more so than the ‘right to be elected’.




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