EC tricked ordinary voters, Tribunal told

Alfian ZM Tahir
September 18, 2013

Voters in Sarawak were given little time to vote but advance voters were given 11 hours. Their travel may take half a day. It doesn't make sense.
SUBANG JAYA: Voters in Sarawak were given as little as three hours to vote but advance voters (military and policemen) were allocated 11 hours, thus the Election Commission was indeed tricking the ordinary voters, said the founder of Tindak Malaysia PY Wong during the second session of The Peoples Tribunal today.

“Three hours, some four and some six hours. However travelling may take half a day to reach the place. If it rains I don’t think they would be able to make it,” PY Wong said during his presentation at the Tribunal by referring cases in Sarawak.

“The EC tricks the ordinary voter,” he added.

Wong then questioned the legitimacy of advance voters by saying that there was no difference between advance polling day and normal polling day.

“In the defence of the nation, the military should be combat ready 365 days a year.”

“It doesn’t make sense for military to be given advance voting, furthermore the ballot boxes have to be guarded for six days and that is an issue,” he said.

Wong also cited a research conducted by Research for Social Advance that revealed out of 110,000 police personnel, only 33,000 were on duty during polling day, and the balance of 77,000 officers in the force should not be advance voters.
“In teory the balance should not be advance voters,” he added.
Mark in ballot paper

Meanwhile, during his second presentation this late afternoon, Wong told the audience of another trick that they discovered during the election.

The audience, many whom were not aware that a ballot paper should be clean, was informed that there were dots on the ballot papers during the recent election.

“This not only confuse especially the new voters, the EC officer can easily discard your vote at his discretion when he sees the dot,” he told the tribunal during his presentation.

His organisation, Tindak Malaysia, contacted the EC several times to bring the matter to their attention but was allegedly ignored.

“We even produced a video and handed it to the EC to explain in detail on how the dots on the ballot paper could affect your votes. Alas, we were met with silence,” he said.

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