Results of Exit Poll for postal voting last Sunday in Melbourne
Saturday, 04 May 2013 08:07
Written by SABM, Melbourne
Firstly, we would like to thank each and everyone one of you who came to the Malaysian Consulate in Melbourne on Sunday to either collect your ballots or cast your postal vote. You should take pride in having been part of this historic milestone.
We would also like to thank the Consul General of Malaysia to Melbourne, Dr Mohamed Rameez Yahya and the consulate staff for their dedication and professionalism demonstrated on Sunday. Due credit needs to be given to the six consulate staff, including Dr Rameez himself who limited their breaks only to pray during the 11 hours when the centre was open to voters.
Saving the best for the last, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all volunteers and Friends of Malaysia who have continually shown their support in promoting enhanced governance in our beloved home.
Overwhelming preference for PR
As an overview, there were approximately 1,000 registered postal voters due to cast their vote at the Consulate in Melbourne. Of them, approximately 80% had cast their ballots on Sunday. Approximately 60% of those who cast their ballots participated in an Exit Survey conducted by SABM Melbourne, making it a highly representative sample of the voters.
The two party-preference of respondents was as follows:
Pakatan Rakyat: 69.4%
Barisan Nasional: 3.9%
Chose not to reveal preference: 26.7%
On the question of ease of voting, the participants responded as follows on a scale of 1 to 5 (1=Excellent, 5= Poor):
Score 1: 6.1%
Score 2: 17.2%
Score 3: 23.5%
Score 4: 31.1%
Score 5: 22.1%
Through further inquiry, we understood that the overall dissatisfaction was mainly due to the long waiting times, ranging from 2 to 5 hours and the general clarity around the voting process.
We note that the long waiting time was due to insufficient Election Commission resources to supplement Consulate staff in promptly attending to the high volume of registered postal voters although the Consulate was operating at its capacity.
Having said that, given that this was the first time postal voting was made available to Malaysians in the masses, it is a step in the right direction which we hope and expect will continually improve.