Convince voters to come out and vote


KUCHING: More should be done to convince the people to go out and vote on Dec 18.

For starters, the Election Commission (EC) should produce more infographics to make it easy for them to understand election-related information.

“It can be made available in three languages, namely Bahasa Melayu, English and Mandarin,” said Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) political analyst Dr Lee Kuok Tiung.

He said all relevant parties should also work with community leaders or representatives to convey the desired messages to the community.

“Focus should also be given on how to deal with the spread of fake news,” he said, citing the recent spread of stories that the Covid-19 case statistic is a manipulation by the ruling party to intimidate the people.

“Things like this should not be politicised because the virus is indeed existing and real and that is why the high-risk groups should not be exposed to any danger,” he pointed out.

Lee added those guarding polling stations could in this instance explain how often these are sanitised and could even arrange a suitable time for voters to go to the polling stations according to locality.

“The most important thing is how to attract the trust and confidence of voters to go out and vote.

“The EC and the Ministry of Health (MOH) must ensure that the message reaches the voters.

“They should also start disseminating such information from now and not at the last minute as this can be manipulated by irresponsible parties,” he stressed.

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