Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thousands 'converted' into postal voters

Some 3,950 voters nationwide have been converted into military or police voters, claimed Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

At a press conference at the Parliament lobby today, Fuziah said this does not make sense because these voters are 30 years' old and above.

NONE"The cut-off age for joining the military and the police is 30. But some of these newly-converted voters are up to 60 years' old," said Fuziah (left). 

She said the names of these voters were removed from the main electoral roll for the third quarter of last year, but appeared in the postal voters' list for the subsequent quarter.
“This is an effort by the Election Commission (EC) to give advantage to BN... this is the proof, 230 names out of the 3,950 transferred into the armed forces,” said Fuziah.

The Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (Mimos) often inspects the electoral roll. However, an audit of the entire electoral system is required, said Fuziah.

The dubious voters on the electoral roll were identified as “masuk polis” (enrolled in police force) and “masuk tentera” (enrolled in army).

“What the PSC (parliamentary select committee) did not do is an audit on the system. I suspect there are hidden agencies or hidden access to the database of EC.

“We challenge the integrity of the database... if the EC is really clean and really fair, then it should allow for an audit of the system,” she said.

PKR's Batu MP Tian Chua also pressed for an audit to clear the air on the existence of phantom voters.

The PSC for electoral reforms in its interim report had recommended that the EC conduct an audit of the electoral roll.

Mimos, an agency under the purview of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, in its report to the committee on Feb 14 revealed that some 200,000 names were that of  “dubious” voters.

Editor's note: An earlier version of the lead paragraph erroneously stated that Fuziah Salleh was referring to 3,950 dubious voters in the Kuantan parliamentary constituency. The error is regretted.

~ Malaysiakini

1 comment:

Mathieu Levin said...

Some refer to it as Absentee Voting or Overseas Voting. Votes are mailed securely just like any other mail.

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