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Johor Unanimously Passes Undi18 Amendments, Allowing 18-Year-Olds to Vote and Stand in Future Elections | Malaysia

Datuk Hasni Mohammad addresses the Johor State Legislature at a special sitting in Kota Iskandar on January 6, 2022. – Photo courtesy of Johor Mentri Besar’s office

ISKANDAR PUTERI, January 6 – Johor’s legislature today passed an amendment to the state’s constitution, lowering the eligibility of voters and candidates from 21 to 18.

The Amendment will see the Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor 1895 (Amendment) 2021 Enactment allowing 18-year-olds registered in the state to run for seats.

It changes the age of eligibility of candidates for state seats from 21 to 18.

The amendment, under Article 16 of Part II of the Johor State Constitution, was unanimously approved by all Members of the Assembly present after third reading this morning.

The bill was initiated by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad during the special session at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar here.

The amendment was then debated by Hahasrin Hashim (BN-Panti) and K. Raven Kumar (BN-Tenggaroh) who represented the government bloc, while Andrew Chen Kah Eng (PH-Stulang and Mohammad Taqiuddin Cheman (PH-Pulai Sebatang) represented the Opposition.

State Assembly Speaker Suhaizan Kayat said the amended law will come into force on a date to be set by the state government.

He said the notification will be made in a state government gazette.

Johor was among the last states, besides Melaka, to eventually amend its constitution to comply with the Undi18 provision to lower the voting age and implement automatic voter registration.

In a Federal Government Gazette dated December 1, 2021, the implementation of Undi18 and automatic voter registration was published and will take effect on December 15 of last year.