EC chief to check if Mohamad flouted election secrecy

Election Commission chairman Azhar Harun says he will need to check if Mohamad Hasan’s action was an offence.

SEREMBAN: Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Harun said tonight it was unclear whether Barisan Nasional candidate Mohamad Hasan had broken election law by flashing his ballot paper this morning.

Azhar said he would need to look into the election regulations.

“I myself am not sure about the rules regarding the action (by Mohamad),” he told reporters. “A person’s vote is a secret and others may not reveal how someone has voted. However, if the voter himself reveals his vote, I am not certain whether that is prohibited by the law.”

Earlier this evening, the election watchdog group Bersih 2.0 had accused Mohamad of committing an election offence in holding up his ballot paper when he cast his vote at SJKC Chung Hua, Rantau.

Bersih said Mohamad’s action might encourage people in future to flagrantly expose their votes and thus influence others in how to vote. Bersih urged the police and the EC to take action.

A photograph of Mohamad and his ballot paper has been circulating on social media.

However, it was not clear if any marking could be made out by viewers.