JOHOR BAHRU: Covid-19 patients had to forget about voting in the Johor state elections to choose a new state government so as to focus on their recovery.
However, some said the health ministry and the Election Commission should have considered setting up polling channels at low-risk quarantine and treatment centres.
Norjihan Sukaraman, 24, a voter for the Bukit Pasir state seat in Pagoh said she had been raring to vote but had contracted Covid-19 two days before polling day.
“I asked my parents about the voting process, what I should do, which document to bring so that when I reach the polling centre, I would know what to do.
“I was so excited to vote after reaching adulthood and also about meeting my former schoolmates on polling day as they would also be voting there. Perhaps I will have the chance to vote in the next election, God willing,” she said when contacted here today.
Norshahida Mohd Zani, 25, who was to vote in the Larkin constituency, said she had been following the many young candidates and the participation of new political parties in the elections.
“I read the manifesto of each contesting party. I thought the Johor state elections would be exciting with the fielding of several young candidates. Previously, we only saw the same old faces.
“It’s regrettable that I am not able to vote. Initially, I thought the quarantine centre here would open a voting channel for patients. But it was not to be,” she said.
Norhayati Samsudin, 60, who should also have voted in Larkin, agreed with Norshahida’s view that the authorities could have considered opening polling centres at quarantine centres.
“This would have enabled Covid-19 patients to carry out their responsibility of voting. It was a disappointment not to be able to vote this time. Previously, I never missed voting at each election. I had been very enthusiastic to vote.
“So, I hope they can think of a way for people like us in quarantine centres to cast our votes,” she said.
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