Saturday, March 30, 2013

Malaysia 2013 general election: can I vote from France?

The Malaysia 2013 general election is just around the corner, because the 12th parliament will be dissolved automatically on 28 April 2013, and elections must be held within 60 days.

I have asked the Embassy twice if I could vote. But each time they told me that only students, civil servants + their families are eligible to vote. However, it seems that this year they have changed the rule. WM, another Malaysian I met in Nantes, sent me a link with the information. I have filled the Borang 1B and sent it to the Election Commission of Malaysia. So, let's see if I can really vote from France.

You need to fulfill these requirements in order to apply to vote from overseas:
a) Malaysian citizen
b) Registered voter: check your status here
c) Live overseas except in Singapore, South of Thailand, Brunet and Kalimantan Indonesia.
c) Have been back to Malaysia for no less than 30 days within 5 years before the current parliament dissolved.

The medias have been predicting on days the Prime Ministry would dissolve the parliament, it could be today, tomorrow next week or next month. This is one of the particularity of Malaysian election systems, we could only guess, it is the Prime Ministry would decide. As far as I know the French always have their elections around the same times.

Ok, can't wait to vote for the first time in my life!

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