Friday, May 8, 2015

Bersih cries foul over transferred P44 voters

7:44AM May 8, 2015
Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof must surrender evidence over the  “involuntary transfer” of voters in the Permatang Pauh by-election yesterday and resign, electoral watchdog Bersih said.

It said three voters found themselves ineligible to vote yesterday after their addresses were changed without their consent, making them voters in the neighbouring parliamentary constituency of Bukit Mertajam.

“Malaysians demand to know if some fraudulent parties have impersonated the voters to submit the fraudulent forms and deceived the EC officers, or, if some or all of the EC officers involved have committed such crime themselves, with or without the form.

“Bersih stresses that these three names are but the tip of the iceberg as many more voters may not been aware of them being transferred.

“Not only this has happened in many constituencies nationwide in the past, it may be the modus operandi to tip the balance in many marginal constituencies,” it said in a statement.

The NGO said a voter who lives in Kampung Berapit and voted in Permatang Pauh in the 2013 general election found his address was changed to Taman Manggis Indah.

Two others whose addresses were in Kampung Tanah Liat in 2013 found they were now purportedly living in Taman Tembikai.

All three requested anonymity, although Bersih will reveal their identities to the EC if requested.

No Form A filed

Bersih said a voter is only transferred out of a constituency in the event of redelineation or if the voter changed his or her address using Form A.

As neither of these happened, those involved in transferring these voters out is in breach of the Election Offences Act 1954

Since no redelineation process has taken place since 2003 and the three voters have not filled up Form A, their transfers are offences under the Election Offences Act 1954.

Those found guilty can go to jail for up to two years and fined up to RM5,000.

“Bersih demands the chief registrar of electors for Malaysia, registrar of electors for Penang, deputy registrar of electors for Penang and any officers authorised in processing the transfer application of the three abovementioned voters to come forward with the Forms A for these three voters,” it said.

Yesterday’s polling was also marred by cases where voters turning up to cast their ballots found someone else had voted for them using their identity.

~ Malaysiakini 

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