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Let’s have no more postal voting, EC told

Bersih says servicemen can cast their ballots as advance voters, but their civilian spouses should vote like everyone else.


PETALING JAYA: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has urged the Election Commission (EC) to scrap postal voting altogether and to limit advance voting to servicemen, without including their civilian spouses.

Speaking to FMT, Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah said history had shown that postal votes allegedly introduced in the midst of the counting of votes tended to change expected results.

“In the last general election, more than 30 seats were affected by postal voters,” she said.

“Previously, Bersih only asked that postal voting be conducted in a transparent manner, but this time around we are asking that there be no more postal voting because you’re never so far away that you cannot reach a polling station.”

She said advance voting could replace postal voting because the affected voters could go out to vote from wherever they were posted.

“Don’t let them vote in police camps or army camps,” she said. “Community halls or schools should be the places for advance voting.”

She said Bersih would also insist that advance votes be counted on the day the ballots were cast.

“This way, you won’t have the problem of keeping the boxes of votes for five days and moving them around. You don’t even know what happens to these boxes during those days.”

She also said civilians should not have to vote in advance like servicemen do. “Advance voting should be limited to servicemen. Unless their spouses happen to be servicemen themselves, let their spouses vote like the rest of us.”

Earlier a news report quoted PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar as saying that 28,416 servicemen and their family members have had their names included in the EC’s “list of demands”. When a voter’s name is not on the supplementary electoral roll, he fills out a “demand form” to reclaim his registration as a voter. His name is then included in this EC’s “list of demands”.

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