PETALING JAYA: At least half of the number of young people eligible to register as voters are not interested in doing so, according to a poll conducted by opinion research firm Merdeka Center and the National Institute of Electoral Integrity (NIEI).
The study, carried out last year, found that many people aged between 21 and 30 were disinterested because they felt that it was not important or urgent, said Merdeka Centre director Ibrahim Suffian.
The poll was conducted on 2,400 people aged 21 and above randomly selected from across 240 polling districts in 60 parliamentary constituencies nationwide.
The respondents also showed a strong feeling that registering as voters, or even voting, did not make any difference, he said at the launch of the National Voter Registration Audit Report 2011, here.
Ibrahim said that though one million new voters had registered over the year, the number of young people who were not aware of their right to vote was still high.
The study showed that the number of unregistered citizens was high among Muslim Bumiputeras and non-Muslim Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak, and among people aged 21 to 30 living in urban areas, he said.
On another matter, NIEI acting chairman K. Shan said a report on the findings and recommendations was presented to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform in January. Bernama
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