Frequently Asked Questions

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About Registration


Who is eligible to vote? 

All Malaysian citizens who are 21 years old or older, who are not ineligible or disqualified under the law. 


Where can I register as a voter? 

  1. Any computerised post offices (list of branches)
  2. EC offices all over Malaysia 
  3. Wherever there is an EC representative (village head, JKKK member, high commission officer, etc) 
  4. District office/district council office 
  5. Any outreach registration counter with an assistant registrar from the Election Commission; eg at shopping malls, night markets 


Can I send a representative/friend instead to register me as a voter? 

No. You need to be there in person to register as a voter, with your IC / MyKad, and to give your signature. 


I am a university student in another country who has just celebrated my 21st birthday. Where can I register? 

Usually, Malaysian citizens residing in other countries can register as a voter at any Malaysian High Commissions overseas, according to this news report in 2011. You are advised to call the high commission before going to make sure that the officer who is also an assistant registrar is there in the office.

For students in Canberra, Australia, you can register at the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra


Isn’t it too late to register as a voter? 

The voter registration verification process can take up to four (4) months. Because we still don’t know when the elections will be held, just register as a voter!


What do I need to bring to register? 

You need to bring a MyKad. For students overseas, please bring your passport and student card as well. 


Do I need to pay any fees to register as a voter? 

Registration is free. 


After registering, what do I need to do? 

Check the status of your registration here.


What time do the post office counters open? 

EC counters are usually open from 8.00am – 5.00pm. Post office counters are usually open from 8.30am – 5.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 8.30am – 1.00pm every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month). 


What do I get if I register as a voter? 

You get to exercise your right as a Malaysian citizen! 


Do I need to be a member of a political party before registering as a voter? 

No, voting is a right for all citizens.

About Elections


When will the elections be held? 

This depends on the EC’s announcement. The last date for automatic dissolution of Parliament is on 24 June, 2018. The last date for elections to be held is a maximum of 60 days after the dissolution of Parliament, which is around 23 August, 2018. 


Can the government/EC/my employer know who I’m voting for? 

Your vote is secret. 


I don’t think that I will vote. Do I still need to register as a voter? 

You might change your mind, and it's better to give yourself the choice. So before it’s too late, just register as a voter. 


I don’t think there is any difference between the opposition parties and the ruling coalition. Do I need to register as a voter? 

It’s up to you to make that comparison. Whether you find differences or not, if you want to vote, just register as a voter. 


Is it true that almost 3.8 million eligible citizens are not registered as voters yet? Is this number accurate? 

Yes, it’s true. According to the EC, there are 3,772,149 Malaysian citizens aged 21 years old and above who have not registered as of 31 March 2017.

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