PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Elizabeth Wong has expressed shock after finding out that several people had objected to 354 voters from the Subang constituency being on the electoral roll.
Taking to her Facebook page yesterday, Wong said she found this out when she was at the Selangor Election Commission (EC) office yesterday morning to check out the voter objection hearing process.
“About half made it to today’s hearing and had their voting rights reinstated,” she said. “Of those present, some took emergency leave, some took unpaid leave, some postponed work and meeting arrangements and some came at the eleventh hour after receiving the EC’s PosLaju letter yesterday.”
She said the majority of the voters against whom objections had been made had registered for a change of voting address at the post office.
She noted that almost all were Chinese, and that they had applied to move to two seats in Subang which were Kota Damansara and Paya Jaras which, Wong claims, Umno has high stakes in retaining or wresting.
She also said the majority of the objectors came from No. 10, Jalan Pekaka 8/3, Seksyen 8, Kota Damansara, 47810, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia which is the address of the Subang Umno office.
She said during the hearing only four or five objectors turned up and that according to the EC’s rules and regulations, each objector was only allowed to object up to 20 names.
“A total of 354 objected voters would mean at least 18 objectors should have been present to face the persons they objected to. Where were they?
“Also seen were a man and a lady with a child in charge of distributing RM100 bills ‘compensation’ to the objected voters present. Someone must have (given) upfront RM35,400 cash to this person to pay on the spot! ”
Wong, who is Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman, urged voters to check their voting status by logging on to http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/DAFTARJ and keying in their IC numbers.
“We know there is only one party which fears new voters more than anything. Don’t let them take away your fundamental rights!”