Court sets Undi18 decision for June 17

By AZREEN HANI

THE Kuala Lumpur High Court has set June 17 to deliver the decision on the Undi18 leave hearing.

According to Undi18 youth group in a statement yesterday, the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has raised preliminary objections to the group’s judicial review application against the Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia, and the Election Commission (EC). 

“The AGC alleged that our application “is against the spirit of the Constitutional amendment whereby all necessary laws and regulations need to be amended before the automatic voter registration (AVR) can be enforced,” the group said.

Undi18 said it asserts that the AGC’s stance is counterintuitive and ought not be used to delay the implementation of lowering the voting age. 

“Undi18 maintains that the implementation of the Amendment to Article 119(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution ought to be done first,” the group added.

Earlier this month, the government has given an assurance to implement the Undi 18 this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

He said that currently, the EC was still looking into several matters before finalising, and expected it to be implemented this July, thus enabling Malaysians aged 18 to vote in the 15th General Election.

The Undi18 group said that the Undi18 Bill covers the amendments to Article 119 of the Federal Constitution as set out in the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019.

Section 3(a) of the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019 seeks to lower the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old, whereas Section 3(b) removes any legal obstacles for implementing AVR. Undi18 asserts that there is no hurdle to

implementing Section 3(a), and youths aged 18 to 20 years can register in the current manner without the need for AVR.

“We hope that this Court Order compels the government to enforce the Undi18 Constitutional Amendment on or before July 2021 as promised,” the group said.