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dah layak ke korang?....Thursday November 13, 2008
Two million young voters will make the difference
By G. MANIMARAN and DEVID RAJAH
PETALING JAYA: They are young, opinionated and Internet-savvy. And some two million such Malaysians will be eligible to vote in the next general election, and will undoubtedly have a big influence on the results then.
The power of the young could be further reinforced by four million eligible voters, many believed to be under 30 years, who did not register in time for the March 8 elections.
If these youths choose to register, the eligible voter population in the country will total 16.9 million, including the 10.9 million already registered in the country.
“Two million youths will become eligible to register and vote in the next general election,” said Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.
He said this was based on the existing birth rate where 450,000 to 500,000 babies are born annually.
“There is already a high political awareness among the young people to participate in the election process.