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Parliament Tables Constitutional Amendments Related To Royal Voters And Undi18

Parliament Tables Constitutional Amendments Related To Royal Voters And Undi18

The bill seeking provide for the non-application of Article 119 to the Rulers and family members from being automatically registered as voters.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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The bill to amend the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019 which seeks to add Article 119A to provide for the non-application of Article 119 to the Rulers and their family members in relation to voter registration, was tabled for first reading in Parliament today.

Article 119A stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with the consent of the Conference of Rulers, can set an exception to any Ruler and his consort, any Yang Dipertua Negeri and his consort, any heir apparent, heir presumptive, and other heirs of a Ruler and their consorts from the application of Article 119 relating to the registration of voters.

The bill was tabled by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin who said that a second reading for the bill will be tabled in the current Dewan Rakyat session.

The Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019, popularly known as Undi18, also includes automatic voter registration for a citizen who reached the age of 18 and also allows 18-year-olds to contest in elections.

The bill was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 16 July 2019 and subsequently by the Dewan Negara on 25 July 2019.

The recently concluded Johor state election was the first election that saw some 173,177 youths aged between 18 and 20 were eligible to vote in the election.


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