EC predicts unusual polls scenarios


Posted on 11 February 2013 - 04:01pm
Last updated on 11 February 2013 - 09:31pm



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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 11, 2013): The Election Commission (EC) predicts that various unexpected situations may occur during the coming 13th general election.

EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said this is due to a mistrust doctrine adopted by various quarters towards election transparency and the EC as the overseeing body.

Therefore, he said it would be no surprise to see polling centre agents who are also candidate representatives monitoring ballot boxes and postal votes.

Speaking to Bernama recently, he said this time there may also be groups of political party supporters outside army camps when postal votes are processed.

"The EC wants to give the best to fufil various recommendations from the Special Election Committee on improving the general election process and other quarters who play up the issue of our credibility.

"So, if they want to sleep in lockups with the guarded ballot boxes in police stations or escort the boxes to storage, we will allow it as long as it is according to the law and election regulations," he said.

According to the EC, a total of 13.1 million voters were registered until the third quarter of 2012 and should the election be held after March, the EC expects another 164,000 voters who registered by fourth quarter last year.

The EC recorded a total of 273,819 early voters consisting of soldiers and their spouses, General Operations Force and spouses as well as policemen who will take part in early voting and postal voting.

Wan Ahmad said based on the current political situation, the EC predicts the general election will see fierce contest for all parliamentary and state assembly seats.

"...there is a possibility that none of the candidates will be returned unopposed," he said. – Bernama