KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,779 applications for postal voting have been received from Malaysians abroad so far since online registration was launched on Dec 21 last year.
Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the highest number of applications came from Australia with 406, followed by the United Kingdom (323), United States of America (131), China (104) and Qatar (91).
“The EC’s decision to allow all Malaysians abroad to register online and through e-mail has proven to be effective as many took the opportunity to do so.
“We estimate about 100 Malaysians abroad will register with the EC each day and we hope this trend will continue and increase daily,” he said on Bernama TV’s Helo Malaysia show here Friday night.
He said among the requirements for Malaysians to vote overseas were that they must already be a registered voter and must return to Malaysia within 30 days in a five year period before Parliament is dissolved.
Wan Ahmad said Malaysians overseas who have registered as a voter and would like to use postal voting can download the application form (Borang 1B) through the EC website, http://www.spr.gov.my. –Bernama