EC Targets 85% Voter Turnout

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PUTRAJAYA, Mar 8 – The Election Commission has targeted an 85% voter turnout in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14). EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said this would only be achieved, however, with the support and cooperation of all quarters, particularly the media.

The percentage of voter turnout would also be determined by the intention of some people to protest by not coming out to vote or to spoil their vote, he said when chairing a meeting of the committee in charge of the campaign to get people to check their voter status and to vote, at the EC headquarters, here today.

Mohd Hashim said the campaign would encourage the people to register, check their status and come out and vote. “The general election will be held at any time now. It is important for the voters to check their voter status to find out where they have to vote to ensure a smooth election,” he said.

Mohd Hashim said that as of the fourth quarter of 2017, there were 14,968,304 registered voters. To foster awareness, the EC had devised a comprehensive communications plan to disseminate information to the people. Several government agencies and media organisations would be involved in the campaign as part of their corporate social responsibility to the people and nation, he said.

These entities included the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry, Information Department, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and government and private sector media such as Radio Television Malaysia, Bernama, Media Prima, Astro, Al-Hijrah TV and the Karangkraf Group. — Bernama

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