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Sabah DAP chief cries foul over voter shift

 | June 6, 2012

Is the Election Commission involved in a covert operation to ensure opposition-held Sri Tanjung constituency returns to BN?

TAWAU: Sabah DAP chief Jimmy Wong who is the Sri Tanjong assemblyman fears that there is a concerted effort to undermine support for him and his party in the opposition stronghold he won comfortably in the last general election.

He said it has been brought to his attention that several voters who had previously cast their votes in Sri Tanjong had recently found that they had been shifted out of the constituency for unknown reasons.

Residents here, he said, claimed that some 2,000 voters had been shifted out of Sri Tanjong, a Chinese-majority constituency, to other constituencies.

Wong said the latest complaint came from a senior citizen who discovered that despite living within the constituency he would have to travel out of it to cast his vote in the coming 13th general election.

“What is the logic used by Election Commission (EC) to justify such a constituency change? This has been done without checking or notifying the person affected,” Wong said.

“Is there any special plan to move the voters out from their constituency?

“It seems like there is a plot to make me fail to defend my seat in next general election,” he said adding that the EC should clear the air over why they are suddenly changing the voting constituencies of residents without the voter’s knowledge.

He said the EC’s arbitrary voting constituency changes defies logic and such unwarranted movement of voters was an alarming trend.

“Based on complaints I’ve received this could be just tip of the iceberg”, Wong said.

Voting stations shifted

An elderly voter said he had moved to Tawau for more than 40 years ago from Perak and cast his votes several times in Sri Tanjong including in the last general election when he had cast his ballot at the voting station at Sabah Chinese High School near his home.

But this time round, his voting station had changed.

In most cases the EC sets a voter’s constituency according to the address on the MyKad the person submits when they register.

In this case, the voter’s residential address is Taman Cynthia, Jalan Chong Thein Vun, near the Sabah Chinese High School.

Wong urged voters to check their voting constituencies online at www.spr.gov.my or through SMS (15888 to check their Mykad number).

“Voters can also ask DAP’s aid to check their status.

“Sabah DAP will collect all of these cases and file complaints to EC. This is a programme to demand for clean election.

“Without a properly conducted election, democracy is meaningless,” he said.

Wong won the Sri Tanjong seat in the March 8, 2008 general election with a majority of 1,172. Of the total 12,807 votes cast, he garnered 5,359. He is the first assemblyman from the DAP in Sabah.


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