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    EC: More Perak postal votes as soldiers’, cops’ wives sign up

    Want to cheat also cannot do it intelligently.

    EC: More Perak postal votes as soldiers’, cops’ wives sign up
    By Debra Chong
    March 03, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — The rise in postal voters in Perak is due to increased awareness of the voting right, including sign ups from those married to uniformed personnel, says the Election Commission (EC) as it sought dispel doubt over the figures.

    EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told The Malaysian Insider that more people — including those married to armed forces and police personnel — now knew they qualified to be registered as absent voters, which give them the right to cast their ballots through the post.

    “I presume that if there is an increase in the number of postal voters as alleged, the wives of armed forces personnel and police personnel decided to register with their husbands. That is one possibility,” he said yesterday.

    Wan Ahmad was responding to claims that the rise in postal votes signalled the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was moving to strengthen its position in marginal seats there for the coming national polls, expected to be called this year ahead of its 2013 deadline.

    He said national figures for registered postal voters from the armed forces were about 134,000, and for the police force, about 80,000 at the last count. The nation’s security forces are largely seen as reliable vote banks for the BN.

    He added that he was not sure of the exact figures for Perak and needed to speak with the state director before he could comment further on the rise.

    The BN had lost the silver state in the 2008 polls but regained it 11 months later after three state lawmakers from the fledgling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact switched loyalties.

    PKR raised the alarm yesterday after noting the number of postal voters had shot up by 5,669 and 1,102 in the state constituencies of Pangkor and Kamunting respectively.

    Perak PKR assemblyman Chan Ming Kai noted that although Pangkor — which was won by Perak Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir — had grown by over 5,000 votes, the Lumut parliamentary constituency, in which it sits, was won by the MCA’s Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha by a margin of only 298 votes out of the 55,930 votes cast.

    Kamunting, meanwhile, was won by Umno’s Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid with a 555-vote margin over his PAS opponent.

    The opposition party urged the EC to check that the number of armed forces personnel stationed in the area matched the jump in postal voter registration.

    The EC will be holding its monthly meeting today and is expected to release the updated electoral roll based on the registration of the fourth quarter of last year.

    Citing election regulations, Wan Ahmad explained that armed forces and police personnel are automatically put on the electoral roll for postal votes; and that their spouses had the right to do so.

    He observed there were a many armed forces bases in Perak, and pointed to the large naval base in Lumut as an example.

    “They are given a choice. They can choose to register as ordinary voters or be counted as an absent voter and vote through the post, so long as they fulfil the requirements under the law,” he said.

    He said it was likely that the spouses of armed forces and police personnel had been persuaded by their husbands or wives to opt for postal voting because of the convenience.

    However, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, better known as Bersih 2.0, challenged that view.

    “I disagree with Datuk Wan Ahmad’s statement,” its chairman, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (picture), told The Malaysian Insider.

    Like PKR, she said the rise in Perak’s postal voters was suspicious and urged the EC to exercise its discretion in registering applications as the whole process was open to abuse.

    “The whole system is in a mess. It goes against the whole spirit of postal voting,” she said.

    “It does not make sense if a person who could be present at the polling stations on polling day to cast their ballots should be allowed to be a postal voter,” she added.

    But Wan Ahmad said the EC was not empowered to reject registering any if the person meets the criteria as laid down in section 2(a) of the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002 and section 3 of the Elections (Postal Voting) Regulations 2003.

    Doing so would mean denying a citizen his right to vote as laid down in Article 119 Federal Constitution, he stressed.

    “If a person is qualified under the syarat, we do not reject. Our job is to make sure there is no duplication of voters to prevent fraud.

    “We do not deny the right of a person to be registered as a postal voter,” he said repeatedly.

    Wan Ahmad also said EC has no power to automatically strike off the names of retired or inactive armed forces and police personnel from the postal roll because of the way the regulations are structured.

    “Once a person retires from the armed forces or the police and has got his MyKad back, then he can go to any post office or EC counter or anywhere else to register himself as an ordinary voter,” he said.

    He explained that it was because the law required voters be registered for voting based on the address recorded in their identity cards.

    The EC cannot assume the retired serviceman would choose to settle down at the same address he had voted in previously.

    “This is their right,” Wan Ahmad maintained.

    He said the EC’s idea to make the postal voting process more transparent by stationing its officers in the armed forces’ bases was still being worked out.

    He described it as a lengthy process as the EC needed to calculate the number of camps nationwide, as well as figure out the logistics to get to each camp location and the number of election officers to dispatch. TheMalaysiaInsider....

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    Friday, 04 March 2011 09:13
    Pakatan rubbishes EC claim of postal votes jump due to army, police wives
    Written by Malaysia Chronicle

    Pakatan Rakyat leaders have challenged a claim by the Election Commission that the sudden surge in postal votes in several UMNO strongholds was due to people’s awareness to register as voters.

    “I presume that if there is an increase in the number of postal voters as alleged, the wives of armed forces personnel and police personnel decided to register with their husbands. That is one possibility,” EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar was quoted as saying by news portal The Malaysian Insider.

    Wan Ahmad was responding to Simpang Pulai assemblyman Chan Ming Kai's sudden increase in the number of postal voters by 5,669 in the state seat of Pangkor, currently held by Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir. Chan had also pointed out a similar trend in Kamunting, which saw an increase by 1,102 voters.

    Many believe the move was to help Barisan Nasional win in seats it previously won with thin majorities.

    Pangkor comes under the Lumut parliamentary constituency, where MCA secretary general Kong Cho Ha narrowly won by 298 votes in 2008, while UMNO managed to beat PAS by a majority of 555 votes in Kamunting.

    PKR communication director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad however questioned why such a trend was only taking place in seats marginally won by BN.

    “[EC] still doesn't address why this is only happening in UMNO marginal seats", he twitted.


    Penang deputy chief minister Professor Ramasamy rubbished EC’s explanation and said the move had all the ingredients of fraud.

    “What we need in this country is not Election Omission but a real Election Commission. BN wants to ensure that it wins Perak in the coming election, therefore no surprise in the surge of postal voters!” he remarked.

    Meanwhile, the chairperson of Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) Ambiga Sreenevasan expressed doubts over EC’s explanation.

    “The whole system is in a mess. It goes against the whole spirit of postal voting. It does not make sense if a person who could be present at the polling stations on polling day to cast their ballots should be allowed to be a postal voter,” she was quoted as saying.

    Earlier, Pahang PAS said there had been sudden increase of new voters recorded in the last quarter of 2010, especially in prime minister Najib Razak’s parliamentary area of Pekan.

    Its secretary Roslan Zainal said that for the first three quarters of 2010, Pahang managed to register some 29,000 voters. However, during the fourth quarter alone, there were 26,000 new voters, with 23 percent of the voters’ increase recorded in Pekan.

    - Harakahdaiy Malaysia-Chronicle....

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    Somehow I am suspicious. UMNO and the SPR have been cheating for so long, I cannot imagine them not trying to cheat. We need to figure out how they are going to cheat. Every elections, they come up with something new.

    Friday May 20, 2011
    Postal ballots for uniformed corps redefined for transparency


    PUTRAJAYA: Postal voting for military and police personnel has been redefined as advance voting and will be handled only by Election Commission (EC) officers in the next general election.

    EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said advance voting would be fully handled by specially designated assistant returning officers (ROs) instead of the personnel's superior officers in military camps and district police headquarters.

    In advance voting, the personnel will cast their votes one to two days before the actual polling day.

    The ballots, which would be kept by the assistant RO, would be counted together with the ballots collected on the actual day, Wan Ahmad said.

    He said the new system was an administrative change to EC's election process and did not require amending the Elections Act 1958.

    He added that military and police personnel would no longer use the Form 2 and envelopes to place their ballots after they cast their votes as previously practised.

    “This is part of the improvements by EC to make the voting process more transparent and acceptable to political parties,” he said yesterday.

    However, Wan Ahmad said military and police personnel including General Operation Force personnel posted to borders and in remote operational or training areas, could still opt for postal voting.

    “This will be handled by the RO with help from the Defence Minister and they will have to submit the votes no later than 5pm to the RO,” he said.

    Diplomats posted to overseas missions and embassies and full-time students would continue to use the postal voting system, he added.

    Wan Ahmad also said that election candidates could continue to send a representative to observe the entire election process in the camps and police headquarters.

    He added that the same electoral rolls used by EC officers for the advance voting would be given to each political party that was contesting in the respective state or parliamentary constituency.

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