Undi Sarawak judicial review gets leave from court on lowering voting age

File photo depicting the Kuching Court Complex.

KUCHING, May 28: Undi Sarawak judicial review has gotten leave from court on the implementation of lowering the voting age.

In saying this, Undi Sarawak in a press statement today, also expressed gratitude to the Kuching High Court for granting the leave to proceed with their application.

“In light of the hearing today, (May 28, 2021) for the judicial review filed against the Prime Minister, Government of Malaysia, and the Election Commission in the Kuching High Court, we would like to express our gratitude to the Court for granting us leave to proceed with our application for a judicial review on the implementation of lowering the voting age,” they said in a press statement today.

Undi Sarawak noted that the hearing for the judicial review is set to take place at the same venue on June 30, 2021, and they are holding firm to their belief that youths between the ages of 18 to 20 are owed their constitutional right to vote.

They pointed out that the implementation of this bill is made more pertinent for approximately 125,000 to 135,000 Sarawakians aged 18 to 20, as Sarawak State Elections ought to be held once the Sarawak State Assembly eventually dissolves with the eventual lifting of the Emergency Ordinance.

“We also take note of the recent news regarding the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s advice for the current Sarawak state government to continue functioning past the June 6 dissolution date,” they said.

On the same note, Undi Sarawak reiterated that the Undi18 bill must be implemented by July 2021 to ensure these young Sarawakians can exercise their rights as first-time voters during the upcoming state elections.

They stated that they will continue to seek a Court Order to compel the Government to enforce Section 3(a) of the Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019 on or before July 2021. — DayakDaily