31 Oct '11, 7am

Malaysians living overseas sue for right to vote #malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A group of Malaysians have sued election authorities in what they described Monday as an attempt to extend voting rights to nearly 1 million citizens living abroad. In a separate case linked to public demands for wider political transparency, a court ruled that Malaysian university students should be allowed greater freedom to participate in politics. Rights activists have long criticized restrictions that prevent most Malaysians abroad from casting ballots. Exceptions include government workers, military personnel and full-time students. Another law has prevented university students from publicly voicing support for political parties since the 1970s. A group of Malaysians called "My Overseas Vote" said in a statement that six citizens working in the United Kingdom have asked the Kuala Lumpur High Court to force the Election Commission to regi...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysians-living-overseas-sue-v...

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