Permatang Pauh By-Election - Which Electoral Roll?

Will SPR have time to gazette 2008Q2 supplementary electoral roll, or will it rely on the roll gazetted on 2008 Jun 19, that incorporated 2008Q1 voter changes?

PKR leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail resigned from her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat on July 31 to make way for a come-back by her husband Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar confirmed he will contest in the resulting by-election.

SPR will meet on August 6 (Wed) to decide on which electoral roll to use, when to issue the writ on by-election, nomination date, polling date, among other things. The Permatang Pauh (P044) parliamentary by-election may use either of these voter data sets:

(a) 2008Q1-supplemented roll, gazetted June 19, or
(b) 2008Q2-supplemented roll, to be gazetted in late August or September.

More historical perspective:

Table A: Comparison of Data Dates

Supp rollData dateGazettedNote
2007Q42007/12/312008/02/05Used in GE 2008/03/05
2008Q12008/03/312008/06/19To be used in PP 2008 Sep?
2008Q22008/06/302008 Sep?To be used in PP 2008 Sep?

We don't have the 2008Q2 supplemental rolls to work out the next electoral roll.

We also don't have the 2008 Jun 19 gazetted full roll that incorporate the 2008Q1 changes.

A check on SPR Web site showed the 2008Q1 supplementary roll for P044 Permatang Pauh was indeed gazetted. (Sometimes, the supplementary roll could not be gazetted because it has been objected by voters or political party and. Not in this case.) We randomly checked several voters from P044 supplementary roll for 2008Q1 did find the changes reflected in the gazetted roll on SPR Web site http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/daftarj/daftar.aspx

However, I will work out a "pro forma" or projected electoral roll based on 2008/02/05 full roll and the 2008Q1 "changes" roll. It should be close to identical to the one gazetted on 2008 Jun 19.

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