Beware fake messages on election workers, says EC

The EC says the messages which are going viral on social media are aimed at confusing voters and inciting prejudice against the commission.

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) has advised voters not to be influenced by viral messages with erroneous information aimed at confusing and creating negative perceptions towards election workers.

In a statement, EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah said members of the public were urged to refer directly to the EC for clarification on any uncertain information.

He said the EC considered these messages, in the form of text, visuals and videos, by certain quarters as irresponsible acts intended to confuse voters and incite prejudice against the EC.

“In this regard, the EC will cooperate with the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission if it is found that a message is false,” he said.

The messages being shared on social media include methods of marking ballot papers by institutions unrelated to the EC, and a video clip claiming that ballot papers can be taken out from police stations by polling workers without permission.

Other messages include video clips on foreign nationals claimed to be phantom voters boarding buses, texts related to ballot papers having black dots, electoral roll review links aimed at stealing personal data, and messages on manipulated voting methods.

EC said these claims were false and intended to confuse the public.

“For your information, election officers always carry out their duties with professionalism, transparency and fairness, witnessed by representatives of candidates, nominated by the candidates or contesting political parties, during the voting process at polling stations.

“Therefore, voters do not have to worry about manipulation or fraud attempts,” he said.

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