PETALING JAYA: Kedah menteri besar Sanusi Nor will be summoned by the police for showing his ballot paper to the media while casting his ballot on Saturday.
Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain promised that the police would be fair in their investigation.
“I’m here with all the top police directors and I’d like to say that we will not mistreat anyone (under investigation). We will be fair and whatever findings we have will be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman today.
He said Sanusi is being investigated under Sections 5(1) and 26(1)(g) of the Election Offences Act 1954.
Section 5 deals with the maintenance of secrecy at elections, and Section 26 involves the limitations on polling day.
Previously, Sanusi, who was re-elected as the Jeniri assemblyman, said he had no intention to show his marked ballot paper to photographers before casting it into the ballot box.
He reportedly claimed that he accidentally exposed the ballot paper while entertaining the photographers’ requests for him to pose for a picture.
According to Section 39 of the Election Offences Act 1954, voters who have marked their ballots shall not “be required to state for whom they have voted”.
In Saturday’s state election, Sanusi won the Jeniri seat with a 16,050-vote majority over his Barisan Nasional rival, Khizri Abu Kassim.
He was sworn in as the Kedah menteri besar yesterday morning.