The registration process is split into 2 parts.
The first part is to register you as a voter in your constituency back in Malaysia. This allows you to vote in any upcoming elections after your details are added to the electoral vote (3 to 6 months). This does not give you the right to vote by post.
If you have registered to vote before either in Malaysia or overseas, skip ahead to the 'When an Election is Announced' section
The second part is to register you as an overseas absentee voter when the election draws near. This involves proving that you have:
You only need to do this second part when the Election Commission announces an election, referendum or by-election.
Only High Commissions and Consulate-Generals are allowed to process your registration to vote.
Always call before visiting to make an appointment. Make sure the officer-in-charge of election registration is available, and that they have the forms they need for your registration.
Applications are sent back to the Election Commission in Malaysia every week by diplomatic mail.
Is your consulate-general or High Commission making it difficult for you to register to vote? Report it to us.
You need to have your documents ready for your visit to your local Consul-General or High Commission. The documents required are your:
Make copies of these documents before your visit. Some Consul-Generals may provide a photocopy service at your own cost.
The officer-in-charge will fill in a form with your basic details. You will be asked to provide basic details to complete the form.
The officer-in-charge then examines your documents, and will ask for copies of your documents to certify them as real copies. These will be sent back to Malaysia alongside your registration form for the Election Commission's reference.
Check that the details on your registration form are correct. You will then sign the registration form and the Officer then counter-signs it. You will be given a copy of the registration form for your reference. Keep this copy in a safe place.
Your details will not be added to the electoral roll of your district immediately. Applications are processed at the end of March, June, September and December and will be displayed on the SPR and Malaysian Missions website for public scrutiny. This takes about 3 months from the last day of the quarter you registered for your name to appear on the electoral roll.
For example, if you registered to vote in April - June, your name will appear in the electoral roll by September.
Continuously check your registration status on the Election Commission website. Enter your Identity Card or MyTentera card number into the form, then complete the Captcha field to continue.
The form should then display your:
Lodge a complaint with the Election Commission immediately if:
Send a copy of your report to us as well so that we can also harangue the Election Commission on your behalf.
This is the end of the first part of registration. You do not have the right to vote by post yet - you need to complete the second part of registration. Go to the 'When an Election is Announced' section.