DAP has claimed that there are 60,000 dubious voters appearing in the Election Commission's (EC) electoral roll for Sabah in the first quarter of 2012.
DAP's election strategist Ong Kian Ming ( left ), who is the also the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) director, said the findings were based on revelations made by a National Registration Department (NRD) officer during the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) in immigrants in Sabah, on Jan 16.
He said Ruslan Alias, an assistant head of the Sabah and Sarawak NRD IC division, had revealed a list containing 130,459 "problematic" old identity card numbers, in which their owners' records were either incomplete or cancelled.
According to Ong, Merap had conducted a research on the numbers given by Ruslan and found that 60,653 of the "problematic" ICs exist on the electoral roll - amounting to little over half of the total amount of problematic ICs in the East Malaysian state.
"The voters are not evenly distributed across the state. Eight out of 10 parliamentary constituencies featuring these voters can be found in the east coast of Sabah," Ong said.
Sixty-six percent of the 60,653 voters - or 39,750 of them - can be found in these eight parliament seats on the east coast, he added.
Voters registered with cancelled ICs
Ong further claimed that Merap had also found around 20 voters with old IC numbers who were supposed to have had their ICs cancelled in 1996, but who had in fact only registered with the EC after 1996.
"Who was responsible for registering these voters with cancelled ICs? How did these voters manage to stay on the electoral roll up until the fourth quarter of 2012 when their ICs were supposed to be cancelled in 1996?" he asked.
Meanwhile, Ong also claimed that at least 57 from the 527 registered voters appearing in the electoral roll from Kampung Labian in Lahad Datu, one of the areas currently embroiled in the Sulu intrusion crisis, are dubious voters.
"The recent Sulu invasion in the Lahad Datu and Semporna areas have had a serious impact as a result of Project IC.
"It cannot be coincidental that the hot spot conflict areas are also areas which has a high number of dubious voters," he added.
He, however, said that there are no exact figures as to how many Sulus are in Sabah, as many of them registered themselves as Bajaus during the census.