At this point, there is still a lot of speculation about when the next general election (GE) will be held. Many politicians have given their two cents when they think the best date for the election, but the official date has yet to be announced.
According to this Malay Mail article, there are a few possibilities. GE could be called in October before the rainy season in November and December, or even after Chinese New Year celebrations the following year.
In any case, nothing is certain yet, but you always have to be well prepared.
It comes automatically
If you haven’t heard, the voting age in Malaysia is currently 18 years old.
When you turn 18, your voting information will be available 16 days from the next month from your birthday. You can check your status online, through the MySPR Semak page, through the mobile app, or by calling the SPR hotline.
Do you know: SPR stands for Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia, which is the Election Commission of Malaysia.
On the MySPR Semak portal, fill in your IC and captcha to check your voting status.
Here you can find information about your locality, polling places, state legislative assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri) and parliament.
Since I manually registered as a voter last year, I asked a supposedly unregistered colleague to check if she was automatically registered on the MySPR Semak platform and The answer is yes.
Create an account MySPR
If you want to change your polling place or precinct, you will need to create a MySPR account.
You can also check your status by creating an account on the MySPR Daftar portal. Here you will register an account by clicking on “Permohonan Akaun Baharu”.
First, you will be prompted to enter your name, IC number, date of birth, phone number, email, password, and ask a security question.
New users will also have to upload pictures of their microchip as well as microchip selfies. Fill in the captcha, agree to the terms and conditions, and you’ll have it.
You can update your address if the registered address is different from your current residence on the MySPR portal.
My experience with the portal is quite immediate. After submitting my application, I immediately received two emails — one letting me know my application was being processed and one saying that my application was approved.
In the second email, I was asked to click on the link to activate my account. I did as told and entered my IC number and password as prompted. I also had to ask for the TAC. With that, my account was activated.
On this platform you can also access the postal voting application.
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Thanks to the UNDI 18 initiative and automatic voter registration system, more Malaysians can vote in this general election than before.
While voting is not required, if you want to have your voice heard and contribute to Malaysia’s future, we hope this guide will be helpful to you once the GE15 arrives.
- Learn more about SPR here.
- Read other articles we have written about Malaysia here.
Featured image credit: Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia