By Nurin Najmina Zaidi
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 January 2022: With the implementation of Undi18, young adults who are now given the chance to vote, need to exercise their right responsibly, Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.
According to Bernama report, the minister commented that the right, which will be exercised starting with the upcoming Johor state election, should be used wisely and carefully by the youth for their own future as well as the country’s interest.
He believed that it will be fascinating to see how young people, aged 18 and beyond, responsibly exercising their new rights as the Undi18 will be implemented in the upcoming Johor state election.
“These new rights should not be viewed as toys to be played with, but as tools to be used responsibly,” he told reporters at the opening of the National Youth Consultative Council meeting here yesterday.
The automatic registration of voters aged 18 and above took effect on 15 December, according to the Federal Government Gazette which was dated on 1 December 2021.
It was reported that with the implementation of Undi18, the number of young people entitled to vote in the Johor state election increased by around 700,000 new voters, increasing the total number of registered voters in the state to about 2.5 million.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, signed a letter dissolving the Johor Upcoming Assembly on Saturday (22 January) to prepare for the state election.
On 9 February, the Election Commission (EC) will hold a special meeting to select the date of the 15th Johor state election.***
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