The government will implement Undi 18 and the automatic voter registration by Dec 31 this year, the Parliament was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the government would not appeal the Kuching High Court's ruling in September last year that the Election Commission (EC) and government must lower the voting age to 18 by the end of this year.

The minister was responding to a question by Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) who asked Prime Minister Ismail Sabri on the status of Undi 18 implementation.

According to him, the government had on Sept 10 decided to implement Undi 18 by this year, although initially it was supposed to be implemented only in September next year.

"It is only about shortening the time, so instead of Sept 2022, it will be Dec 31 and I have discussed the matter with the EC and we concluded that we will adhere to the court decision," the New Straits Times quoted Wan Junaidi saying.

For the record, Undi 18 is a youth movement that successfully advocated for the lowering of the voting age in Malaysia, and the automatic registration of voters.

Source: NST
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