Undi 18: Govt will not appeal on High Court decision

by AZREEN HANI / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

The government will not file an appeal against the Kuching High Court’s decision that Vote 18 and automatic voter registration must be implemented by December 31 this year.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (picture), said it was agreed in a Cabinet meeting held on September 10.

As such, the Federal Government would abide by the decision of the Kuching High Court and pioneer the best efforts to ensure that the lowering age of voting to 18 and automatic voter registration in the country will be implemented earlier than the original schedule.

“I have actually read the report in Kuching and found that from a legal point of view, there is no difference of opinion between the Attorney General and the court, because in the initial program of the Election Commission (EC), implementation is expected by September 2022.

“But the judge ordered it to be completed by December 31, 2021, so I have discussed with the EC and we will abide by the court’s order. In fact, the Cabinet on September 10 decided not to appeal against the judge’s decision,” he told Dewan Rakyat.