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    Thursday, 06 December 2012 08:22 M'sians abroad guaranteed postal voting next GE


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    PETALING JAYA- Malaysians abroad have been guaranteed that their right to vote can be exercised in time for the next general election.

    Amendments to the Election (Postal Voting) Regulations 2003 that will allow overseas voting need not be debated and passed in parliament for it to be implemented, says the Election Commission.


    Its deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar yesterday clarified that the amendments only need to obtain royal consent for them to be gazetted.


    "It is not necessary for the these to be debated in parliament, because the amendments are only to a regulation, not an Act," he told theSun.


    He was responding to concerns voiced by several opposition MPs that the amendments would not be implemented in time for the next general election, as the parliament session has ended.


    The recently concluded session is predicted to be the last before the election, which must be called by April next year.


    Advising Malaysians in foreign countries to ensure they register as voters, Wan Ahmad said the EC is finalising the mechanism for postal voting overseas, and once the details are ironed out, royal consent will be sought.


    "EC will finalise the mechanism and endorse it internally first, before bringing it to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for consent," he said, adding that the EC will hold a top-level officials' meeting with the Foreign Ministry next week.


    Wan Ahmad assured that Malaysians overseas would definitely be allowed to vote via post before the next election, but said the "nitty-gritty" details must be wrapped up before any further announcements are made.


    "Posting of ballot papers for overseas voters is not a simple matter, and must be done in a systematic manner," he said.


    Wan Ahmad added that the enforcement date will be made known once all matters are finalised and the mechanism is ready.


    "We will be making announcements in the near future for Malaysians overseas on how to vote, but for now, they should ensure that they are registered voters," he said.


    Allowing overseas voters to cast their ballots was one of the recommendations by the bi-partisan Parliamentary Select Committee for Electoral Reforms, which was formed after the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 last year.


    On Dec 3, EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria had said that facilities for postal voting will be provided for Malaysian citizens who reside overseas and are not absent voters, as part of the committee's recommendations.


    Currently, only Malaysian full-time students in universities, training colleges or institutions overseas, and citizens (and their spouses) serving with the federal or state governments, local authorities or statutory bodies of Malaysia in foreign countries, can register as absentee voters.


    Those who are eligible to register as absentee voters can do so at the Malaysian embassies and consulates in their respective areas.


    Kamaruddin had also said media personnel required to work outside their registered areas on polling day for coverage on the election and other related work qualify for postal voting in the upcoming election.


    -thesundaily


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    Saturday October 20, 2012 MYT 8:46:45 PM

    Malaysians can apply to vote by post from November onwards


    By RAZAK AHMAD




    PETALNG JAYA: All Malaysians overseas can apply online from as early as next month to vote by post at the coming 13th general election, Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.

    To do so, a special version of the “Form 1” application form will be made available for download from the EC website.

    The Commission will also conduct a public awareness campaign to encourage Malaysians abroad to vote.

    “Very soon, maybe next month, we will upload the form that can be accessed by Malaysians all over the world who are already registered voters, to request to receive their ballot papers by post,” he said.

    He was speaking when met after attending a forum entitled “Citizens in a free and fair elections” organised by the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI), a non-governmental organisation.

    To qualify as an overseas postal voter, one must already be registered with the Commission as a voter and must have returned to Malaysia at least once in the past five years.

    A Parliamentary Select Committee recommendation that all Malaysians abroad be allowed to vote by post was passed in April. Prior to that, only full-time students and civil servants, as well as their spouses, were eligible for postal voting.

    Amendments to the regulations and forms needed to register as postal voters would not require any amendment to the Federal Constitution, and is expected to be laid down in Parliament soon.

    Wan Ahmad reminded all Malaysians abroad that they must first sign up as a voter before they qualify to apply for their ballot papers to be sent by post.

    Overseas Malaysians who wish to register as voters can do so by downloading “Form A” application that is already available online at the EC's website (http://www.spr.gov.my).

    The forms, after being filled out, should then be attached with a copy of the applicant's passport or MyKad and then mailed to the respective Malaysian Embassy's assistant voter registrar appointed by the EC.

    On another matter, Wan Ahmad said six local non-Governmental organisations would serve as observers for the next general election in Peninsula Malaysia, while several more would be appointed to observe polls in Sabah and Sarawak.

    They are the Merdeka Centre, The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and The Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM).

    Also appointed are Transparency International, Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPs) and the Malaysian Youth Council. A number of local Sabah and Sarawak based NGOs would be appointed as monitor in the two respective states.

    Each monitoring NGO would be allowed to have three representatives each in all 222 parliamentary constituencies. The observers will not be allowed to issue statements during the polling period but will be allowed to publicise their reports to the public after the completion of the general election.

    “This move is to increase the transparency and confidence of the people towards our election really follows the rules, because we will be allowing the NGOs to observe the polls, although they will come under certain conditions,” said Wan Ahmad.
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    MyOverseasVote Accuses the EC Chairman and his Deputy of Deceiving and Cheating Malaysians Overseas of Their Right to Vote by Their Inaction, in Contempt of the Dewan Rakyat and the Malaysian Public, and Calls for Their Immediate Resignation


    Posted on 19/09/2012 by MyOverseasVote
    The Chairman of the Election Commission (EC), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, has given the clearest indication yet that the EC has no intention to implement overseas voting for Malaysians before the 13th General Elections, in contempt of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reform (PSC), which were endorsed by the Dewan Rakyat:



    • On 25 August 2011, more than a year ago, Abdul Aziz announced that all Malaysians living overseas would be able to vote by post.
    • On 1 December 2011, the PSC recommended in its interim report that all Malaysians living overseas should be entitled to vote by post. This was accepted by the Dewan Rakyat.
    • On 3 April 2012, the PSC confirmed its recommendation in its final report and gave the EC a three-month deadline to make the necessary arrangements with Government departments to implement its recommendation. This was also accepted by the Dewan Rakyat.
    • On 11 July 2012, having missed the PSC’s deadline of 3 July 2012, Abdul Aziz told Malaysians that “the system [of overseas postal voting] can be implemented by September if we have to amend the law, but it could be earlier than that (if legal amendments are not needed)” (Malaysian Insider).
    • On 14 September 2012, two months later and less than two weeks before the start of the Dewan Rakyat’s September sitting, Abdul Aziz has now said that the Attorney-General’s Chambers was “still studying whether an amendment to the Election Act was needed” before overseas postal voting for Malaysians can be implemented (Bernama/Malaysiakini).


    The EC is the body entrusted by the Federal Constitution with the preparation and revision of electoral rolls and the conduct of elections to the Dewan Rakyat and the State Legislative Assemblies. The EC has its own legal staff and a RM700 million budget and is given wide rule-making powers both by Article 113(5) and by the Elections Act 1958.

    Sections 15 & 16 of the Act gives the EC the power to “make regulations for the registration of electors”, “to make regulations for the conduct of elections” and “for all matters incidental thereto”. These Regulations can made by the EC with the approval of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and then laid before the Dewan Rakyat, which can reject them.Sub-section 16(n) of the Act specifically gives the EC the power to make regulations to “prescribe the facilities to be provided for voting by post and the persons entitled to vote by post”.

    It is inconceivable that the EC, with its own legal staff, does not know its own rule-making powers. The EC has already made the Elections (Postal Voting) Regulations 2003 which set out the present categories of eligible postal voters. Furthermore, regulation 3(f) of the Regulations specifically allows the EC to gazette new categories of postal voters without obtaining the approval of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Dewan Rakyat. The EC has quietly used this to gazette spouses of police officers in the Pasukan Gerakan Am, who were not previously eligible to be absent/postal voters, as postal voters.

    In order to deflect attention from their thirteen months of deliberate inaction, Abdul Aziz and his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, have repeatedly expressed their disappointment at the small numbers of Malaysians overseas who have registered to vote overseas. This is despite the fact that it is currently impossible for Malaysians who are not students or government servants to register as overseas voters.

    Malaysians have had enough of the deceit and inaction shown by the EC Chairman and his Deputy. It is clear that their aim all along has been to deceive overseas Malaysians with promises while having absolutely no intention to implement overseas postal voting before the 13th General Election. On behalf of 1 million overseas Malaysians, MyOverseasVote calls for their immediate resignation and for His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint a new Chairman and Deputy who can command the confidence of the Malaysian public.
    MYOVERSEASVOTELondon, 19th Sept 2012
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    Malaysians in Doha given 30 minutes to register for postal voting.

    Short notice for M’sian voters in Doha


    [COLOR=#707070 !important]G Lavendran
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    Some Malaysians in Doha were given a mere half hour to register for the postal voting system.
    PETALING JAYA: A group of Malaysians in Doha, Qatar, were given only 30 minutes to register under the postal voting system for the upcoming general election.

    The Malaysian Embassy in Doha sent out an e-mail to 38 Malaysians there at about 12.30pm on Jan 3.

    The deadline was the next day, Jan 4, which was not a working day in this Islamic country, according to a Malaysian who works in Doha.

    The Malaysian, who requested anonymity, told FMT the timing of the e-mail was absurd as almost 90% of Malaysians in Doha work in government-related companies which shut down at 2.30pm on Thursdays.

    He also said the embassy closes at 1pm on Thursdays while nobody goes to work on Fridays and Saturdays. Very few construction companies and sales offices are open half day on Saturdays, but as a matter of fact Malaysians don’t work at such places.

    The e-mail from the Malaysian Embassy required Malaysians to bring a photocopy of their passport or MyKad to the embassy or to send an e-mail with those documents by Jan 4.

    “How can we comply with this notice when there is no notice period? We don’t carry our passports and Malaysian IC everyday/everywhere. Most Malaysians will miss this e-mail,” he said.

    While the Election Commission (EC) can be commended on its effort to seek help from our embassies abroad where Malaysians are working, a longer notice however should have been given to all Malaysians working in Doha, said the upset Malaysian who wanted to vote in the coming general election.

    He now fears that he has lost his opportunity to vote unless he flies down to Malaysia to vote on election day, a move which he says would be costly and depending on his strict work schedule.

    FMT sent an e-mail to the embassy requesting for an explanation on the short notice to this group of Malaysians and on how many others were similarly affected. Even after 48 hours, there was no reply from the embassy officials.
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    Standard EC tactic to negate their promise of postal vote for overseas Malaysians. The bulk of them don't get it - Southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Kalimantan. On top of that, the others who are eligible have to stay in Malaysia for at least 30 days over the past 5 years. There is nothing in the Constitution that mandates this.


    M'sians in nearby countries must return home to vote





    • 4:27PM Jan 21, 2013


    Malaysians living in South Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia will have to return home to vote in the 13th general election, said the Election Commission (EC).


    Its secretary, Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria, said they were not entitled to the postal voting facilities for Malaysians living abroad.


    He said in South Thailand, they were made up of Malaysians living in the Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla and Satun provinces.


    For Malaysians living abroad registered as ordinary voters, apart from absentee voters, they need to apply for the postal voting facilities using Form 1B of the Postal Ballot Paper Form (Overseas Postal Voters) which can be downloaded from the EC website atwww.spr.gov.my, he said in a statement.


    Kamaruddin said the guideline to fill up the form could also be downloaded from the EC website.


    The completed form can be sent to the EC headquarters in Putrajaya via email to upup@spr.gov.my, or fax to +603-8881 1201/1202/1187/1192.


    The form can also be sent by post to the Election Commission of Malaysia, Level 4-5, Block C7, Complex C, Federal Administrative Centre, 62690 Putrajaya (Attn: Overseas Postal Vote Management Unit).


    The EC will process all applications and applicants will be notified whether they are eligible, he said, adding that applicants were advised to check their status regularly on the EC website.


    Kamaruddin said applications for postal voting would be closed on the day of the dissolution of Parliament, and those received after 12 midnight that day would not be processed.


    On Malaysians registered as absentee voters, he advised them to update their particulars through the EC website to facilitate the delivery of Priority Envelopes containing ballot papers for them.


    Three conditions stipulated for postal voters are namely, a person must be a registered voter; had to be in the country for at least 30 days in five years before the dissolution of Parliament or state assembly; and living overseas with the exception of South Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan.


    - Bernama
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    Overseas Malaysians are better off flying back to vote.


    Overseas postal voters must satisfy '30-day' rule

    4:50PM Jan 22, 2013

    Overseas Malaysians intending to vote by post in the next general election must fulfil several conditions.
    A key requirement is that they must have returned home for at least 30 days over the last five years before the next dissolution of Parliament.

    In a statement published on its website, the Election Commission (EC) also said that they must have already registered as ordinary voters.

    The five-year period is calculated from April 28, 2008, when the current session of Parliament commenced.

    Admin: How long will this take?

    The EC will check with the immigration department to ascertain whether the applicants have satisfied the 30-day requirement.
    It has already said that postal voting will not be available to those living in south Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan.

    Eligible overseas voters will have to fill and submit an application form that is available on the EC website.

    A guideline on the form and a question-and-answer file provide details of the application and voting processes.

    With effect from yesterday, the applications can be submitted up to the day Parliament is dissolved - on or before April 28, as the premier decides.

    Although the EC will only officially inform applicants of the outcome after the nomination date, applicants are encouraged to check the status via the website.

    When the general election is called, the EC will announce the date and time for eligible voters to collect the ballot paper from the nearest Malaysian diplomatic mission.

    Voters are encouraged to cast their votes at the mission, although they may also return the ballot paper to the mission the following day.

    If they choose to pick up the ballot paper outside of the designated time, they can post the ballot to an EC office in Malaysia - so long as it arrives by 5pm on polling day.

    The question-and-answer document, however, does not explain how the EC will safeguard the integrity of the voting and ballot-transfer process.

    The B1 application form can be accessed here.

    The guideline to fill up the form can be accessed here.

    A sample of the completed form can be viewed here.

    1) Download Borang 1B: http://bit.ly/11SnpWu
    2) Fill it up with your voting details: http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/ & Bahagian Pilihanraya code: http://bit.ly/SEpXUm
    3) Email it to upup@spr.gov.my
    4) Check for your updated status here:http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/UpdateKPLUAR/

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    Judging from the EC's performance on indelible ink and Advance Voters, this exercise to give Overseas Malaysians the postal vote is designed to fail.

    Overseas voters want EC to ensure integrity of ballots

    1:24PM Jan 23, 2013

    Following the announcement on the implementation of overseas voting in the next general election, overseas voters want the Election Commission (EC) to come out with details of the voting process so as to ensure the integrity of their ballots.

    MyOverseasVote (MOV), a group formed by Malaysians overseas to lobby for their voting rights in the next general election, said it will work with the EC and political parties to ensure the integrity of the postal voting system and to minimise the possibility of fraud.

    “MOV welcomes the extension of postal voting but we still strongly support Bersih's call to extend postal voting to all Malaysians overseas and voters from Sabah and Sarawak in Malaya and vice versa.

    “We encourage those who can afford to return to vote to do so. For those who cannot, a postal vote is better than no vote at all, and they should apply to vote by post,” MOV spokesperson Leong See See said when contacted.

    According to the EC, postal voting is not available for Malaysians living in south Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan.

    Shanghai Bersih, an ad-hoc group formed by Bersih supporters residing in Shanghai, raised more specific demands to the EC.

    It urged the EC to announce details of the invigilation procedures that will be put in place at the overseas polling stations to avoid vote tampering.

    Detailed vote-counting procedures to be carried out at the EC office should also be made public, said the group, because voters abroad are from different states and parliamentary constituencies nationwide.

    They also demand the EC to:


    • Announce the list of overseas missions eligible as polling stations and ensure they are capable in handling the overseas voting because even the Malaysian consulate-general in Shanghai, which serves more than 10,000 Malaysians there, was found incapable of registering ordinary voters.


    • Announce the current list of absentee voters who are already eligible to vote from overseas, and update the list every week according to the progress of the new postal voters registration. This is in order to ensure no large number of absentee voters could be added at the last minute.


    • Guarantee that it will not withdraw overseas voting at eleventh hour as it did with use of indelible ink in the 2008 general election.


    • Respond to the applications for overseas voting within a reasonable period, for instance within two weeks, and not after the nomination day, in order to encourage early registration and allow Malaysians abroad to plan their trip back to Malaysia if their applications are rejected.


    'Return to vote'


    According to a question-and-answer file published on the EC website, it will only officially inform applicants on the outcome of their application after nomination day, but applicants are encouraged to check the status on the website from time to time.

    Shanghai Bersih also called on overseas Malaysians to return and vote.

    “Due to the great risks and uncertainties under the current mechanism, before the improvement of the overseas voting mechanism, we call on Malaysians abroad to try their best to vote in Malaysia, in order to ensure every vote counts.”

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    Overseas Malaysians get postal voting rights in time for elections

    Updated 23 January 2013, 9:20 AEST

    (Admin: we think it needs at least 24 days to send a postal vote to a remote country overseas and back. Click on the link above to listen to the interview.)

    In Malaysia, after months of uncertainty, the Election Commission has finally begun to deliver on its promise of voting rights for Malaysians overseas.




    Overseas Malaysians get postal voting rights in time for elections (Credit: ABC)





    Postal voting was previously restricted to military personnel, civil servants, and full-time students studying abroad and their spouses.

    But under new guidelines, Malaysians living overseas will have to chance to cast their vote in what some are calling the closest election in the nation's history.

    Presenter: Liam Cochrane

    Speaker: Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, deputy chairman, Malaysia's Election Commission

    OMAR: All Malaysians overseas who are registered voters and they have come back to Malaysia, and be in Malaysia, stay in Malaysia at least 30 days, from the date, the last five years [will be eligible for postal voting].


    COCHRANE: Is that 30 days continuously or a total of 30 days over those five years?


    OMAR: No, it's not continuously over the last five years, just add together to make it 30 days.


    COCHRANE: What about those living in Asia, in
    southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Kalimantan. Are they eligible?


    OMAR:
    No, they are not eligible, they are excluded in this category, because they're close to the country, they can come back easily. People like, people in Singapore, for example, they just cross the causeway and come back, to where they are registered to vote, so are those in Brunei. So most Malaysians who are in Brunei, they are mostly from either from Sarawak or from the state of Sabah, and those who are in Kalimantan, they are mostly Malaysians from Sarawak.


    COCHRANE: Now how will Malaysians who are living overseas be able to vote. Is it a postal system, advanced voting? What's the procedure?


    OMAR: The EC will send the Malaysian High Commission, we are talking Australia here, so the postal voting what you call ballot papers, plus the envelope, we will send these documents to the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra and the Malaysian High Commission will inform Malaysia and in Australia the dates, the specific date where they can come to the High Commission and to collect themselves their ballot papers, plus the envelopes. And then, these people can, these voters can right away cast their vote at the embassy, and then put in the envelopes, seal the envelope and then put in the special bag. They call it overseas postal voting bag. It is a very strong bag, heavy duty. Then they can, after casting their vote, they put themselves the envelopes into the bags or they can take the ballot papers to their place and then they can cast their vote anywhere, because it is their right, now, it is their ballot papers. And they can vote anywhere, even at home and then they...but if they bring home the ballot papers, then they have to send back the ballot papers to the address return to the ballot papers that is the address of the returning officer of their respective constituencies and they have to send it back themselves.


    But if they cast the vote at the High Commission and they place the envelope containing the ballot papers in the bag, what you call, prepared, or that are ready at the High Commission, then the High Commission on the next day will send back the special bags to the diplomatic (inaudible).


    COCHRANE: And when will the - obviously, it will take sometime for that postal bag to travel from whatever country is, let's say Australia back to Malaysia to be secured back in KL. How far in advance will people need to vote? What will the cut off point be before the election?


    OMAR: No, we are working, we are working to ensure that what we have planned with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Malaysian Missions Overseas to ensure that these ballot papers from overseas must come back to KL or in Putrajaya headquarters of the EC as soon as possible, because the EC will have to transport these ballot papers from overseas to their respective returning officers around the country. So that is the work of the EC, the work of the EC that we have already planned.


    So what is happening, what is going to happen is that immediately after we printed the ballot papers, the first group of papers is to be sent overseas. And then, and between the printing of the ballot papers that is usually after the nomination day to the day of the ordinary polling day in Malaysia indicates at least two weeks. So I think we have enough time to send the ballot papers to the various countries around the world.


    COCHRANE: That's sending, but what about coming back, what about once people have voted and the ballots are sent back. How late can they, how close to the election can they leave it before they vote overseas?


    OMAR: Uh well, it depends from which countries. Suppose the bags containing the ballot papers coming from Australia arrive in Kuala Lumpur one week after we send the ballot papers there, then we still have enough time. Because within that one week, the final one week, you have time to send these ballot papers to sort out and send these ballot papers, to the respective constituencies, where the returning officer will count the ballot papers what are called after, after pm the closing time of the polling, of the ordinary polling in Malaysia.


    COCHRANE: And if people living in various countries overseas want to find out what is the closing date for them voting overseas, where is the best place to find out? Is it the Election Commission web site?


    OMAR: Yes, that's right, most of the information will be in the website and then, this week we will, what I call, we will launch a portal general election 13 where it can be accessed throughout the world. But again, as I said, the information pertaining to this voting by Malaysians abroad, they can see it from the, they can check from the web site.


    COCHRANE: One other question regarding the procedures. Will overseas votes be counted no matter what or will they only be counted if the election is close?


    OMAR: No, all ballots will be counted after the election is closed in Malaysia. We cannot count, we cannot count any time earlier than that. All ballot papers, no matter coming from overseas or ballot papers voting in Malaysia. The ballot papers will have to be counted, will only be counted after 5pm Malaysian time on the polling day in Malaysia. Then the respective returning officer will count all the ballot papers in their respective constituencies.


    So it is not a problem. Ballot papers coming in from overseas will have time to reach the office of the returning officer, because that is the responsibility of the EC, and we have planned that, we have already scheduled all our programs and from the EC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, you can send these ballot papers, no matter coming from where, we can send to the prospective returning officers office around the country within one day, within 24 hours. We have all the means, we have the plans, we have scheduled programs relating to this. It's not a problem


    COCHRANE: OK. Now the other big question that, of course, all Malaysians are wanting to know the answer to is when will this election be, when do we find that out?


    OMAR: The election in Malaysia under the law is first the parliament has got to be dissolved by the ruling party, so after the dissolution of parliament, then under the law, the EC has 60 days to call for an election. So it is not a problem. Everyone now is waiting when parliament is going to be dissolved and once the parliament is dissolved, we have 60 days to call for election. So it's going to be within that 60 days and so I think the expiry date of parliament, the mandate of parliament. This parliament is going to, is going to finish on April 28th, 2013. So if the Prime Minister, the head of the ruling party, is not dissolving parliament anytime soon or anytime earlier than that date, then the parliament will be dissolved automatically on April 28th, 2013.


    COCHRANE: But as of today, is Malaysia's Election Commission ready to go, prepared for the election?


    OMAR: Yes, we are ready, we have done the preparations for the last one year and it's just a matter of fine tuning here and there. It's just returning to the votes from overseas. Now we are having meetings, discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and they're going to do some kind of training on the regional basis. Probably we'll send one officer to Australia to do the training. It's not the training, a kind of to see to it that people in Australia, our people at the Malaysian embassy or rather Malaysian High Commission in Australia really understand how to handle this thing.


    COCHRANE: Certainly, how many, you must, in your planning for this, you must have had some idea of how many people to expect. How many overseas votes are you thinking you'll get?


    OMAR: Nobody knows exactly, because it depends how many of these application forms, Forms 1B coming from overseas, that we're going to receive. Because a lot of people are talking about big numbers of Malaysians are studying overseas, but we do not know. Until and unless the closing date of this form that is on the date of the dissolution of parliament, that is the final date. Then only we know exactly how many Malaysians overseas have submitted their application to receive their ballot papers overseas.
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    EC: Illegal to register voters without their knowledge





    • 7:57AM Jan 26, 2013


    It is illegal to register a person as a voter without their knowledge, said the Election Commission (EC) yesterday in response to a number of reported cases.
    Its chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof (left) said an applicant must personally sign his or her application form and attach a photocopy of the identity card.

    He was responding to an allegation on Wednesday from a parent, Tiruchelvam Vallipuram, who complained that his daughter was on the electoral roll although she did not register as a voter.

    Tiruchelvam came to know of his daughter's name in the roll when he received a Deepavali card last year from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who signed it off as Selangor BN chief.

    The letter contained his 22-year old daughter's voting details, such as her polling district and constituency.

    "My daughter is studying in India. She went there before turning 21 and she definitely could not have registered as a voter.

    "I went into the Election Commission's website to check whether she is registered," said Tiruchelvam Vallipuram.

    His check confirmed that his daughter is eligible to vote in the Subang Jaya state constituency and the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency, both of which are held by Pakatan Rakyat.

    EC: There were such complaints before


    Tiruchelvam said he contacted his daughter about the matter and she confirmed with him that she did not herself register as a voter.

    Abdul Aziz urged Tiruchelvam to provide the full name and identity card number of his daughter so that the EC could search for her application form in its records.

    "There have been such complaints in the past but these were few, and when shown their application form, only then they understood (what happened)," he said in his SMS response to Malaysiakini.

    However, Abdul Aziz did not elaborate on these previous cases and whether action was taken.

    "It would be better if the EC checks first and finds out the real situation. If there is indeed fraud, further action can be taken such as lodging a police report," he said.

    Unregistered overseas M'sians should check voting status


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    How many days does the EC need for a postal ballot to be issued and returned to be counted?

    Nomination Day: Day 1. Identify candidates and their sequence on the ballot paper through drawing lots.


    Day 3: Govt Printer prints ballot paper.
    Day 4: Send to EC Putrajaya
    Day 5: EC Putrajaya send to EC State.
    Day 6: EC State distribute to Returning Officer (RO) for each Constituency. RO inform Wakil Calon
    Day 7: RO and PACAPOS distribute postal ballots and seal in envelope Utama
    Day 8: RO despatch to EC Putrajaya.




    Day 9: EC Putrajaya send to Foreign Ministry
    Day 12: Foreign Ministry deliver to various embassies
    Day 15 Embassy inform Postal Voters by post or post to them
    Day 18 Postal Voter return ballot to Embassy
    Day 21 Embassy courier to Foreign Ministry
    Day 22 Foreign Ministry send to EC Putrajaya



    (Wan Ahmad thinks they can cover Day 9 to Day 22 (13 days) activities in 1 week. Reading between the lines, they are thinking of 21 days campaign period.)


    Radio Australia Interview 23 Jan 13 - WAN AHMAD WAN OMAR: Uh well, it depends from which countries. Suppose the bags containing the ballot papers coming from Australia arrive in Kuala Lumpur one week after we send the ballot papers there, then we still have enough time. Because within that one week, the final one week, you have time to send these ballot papers to sort out and send these ballot papers, to the respective constituencies, where the returning officer will count the ballot papers what are called after, after pm the closing time of the polling, of the ordinary polling in Malaysia.


    Day 23 EC Putrajaya sort out and sent direct to ROs.
    Day 24: Reach RO.


    Allow for public holidays and delay: 3 days


    Total 27 days.
    py

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