SANDAKAN: Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Terrence Siambun said the party believed it had uncovered a plot to defraud the results of the coming polls by causing registered voters to be shifted out of their constituencies into areas alien to them.
He said Sani Mohamad, a long-time voter at Batu Sapi, Sandakan, found he had been transferred to a town in Perak.
Siambun said such cases were believed to be just the tip of the iceberg.
He said if Sani, 62, from Kampung Bakau in Sekong, the state constituency that comes under Batu Sapi, wanted to vote in GE14, he will have to make a trip to the peninsula.
Sani is now listed as a voter at SJK (Cina) Keow Min in Perak, which falls under the Hutan Melintang state seat and the Bagan Datuk parliamentary seat in Perak.
Sani discovered this anomaly on Sunday when he checked his voting status at the Dewan Hakka here, where Warisan was holding a gathering with the people of Batu Sapi, Warisan said in a statement.
“Why would I do such a thing when I am happy to be voting here. I don’t even know where Bagan Datuk is,” Sani told Warisan.
Siambun said the party headquarters had been getting queries from concerned Sabah voters who had been transferred out of their normal voting stations to areas out of the state.
“We are checking with the authorities as we have reason to believe that these are not random cases but a calculated move by certain people to pad up the electoral roll in certain constituencies with phantom (fake or ineligible) voters,” Siambun said in the statement.
“Aside from these illegal transfers, Sabahans have discovered that family members, who are studying or working overseas, who have never voted before or even registered to vote, now have their names in the electoral roll and in particular constituencies.”
Siambun, who is also Moyog assemblyman, hoped the affected persons would lodge reports with the police as well as the Election Commission.
Every effort would be made to prevent the phantom voters from casting their votes in the constituencies concerned, he added.
“Warisan will be getting in touch with friendly parties to check how many Sabahan voters have been transferred out to vote in constituencies in the peninsula,” he said.
According to Siambun, such unscrupulous transfers of voters would deprive Sabahans of a chance to vote in their regular constituencies, while the phantom voter could be voting in his/her place in the constituency the names now appear.