Lembah Pantai postal voters still on roll despite objection

Aidila Razak
2:13PM Nov 8, 2012

The 383 postal voters in Lembah Pantai previously objected to during the display of the quarterly supplementary roll are back on the electoral roll, said Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.

However, the PKR vice-president said that instead of being registered at the Bukit Jalil temporary holding facility, they are now registered as postal voters at the Travers police station.

“In early 2011, I had found that the Bukit Jalil temporary holding facility, 12km away from Lembah Pantai and located in the Bandar Tun Razak constituency in 2008, was included as a Lembah Pantai postal voting centre.

“After making several objections to the Election Commission, I am now shocked to find the latest data indicating that the 383 postal voters have been moved from the Bukit Jalil temporary holding facility to the Travers police station,” she said.

NONENurul Izzah (right) said that she has tried to meet with the Federal Territories Election Commission chief on issues pertaining to the electoral roll in Lembah Pantai, but the appointment has been postponed several times.

“So we have met with (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) Mohd Nazri (Abdul Aziz), who has instructed the Election Commission chairperson and his officers to come to meet with us in Parliament on Nov 19 to address these issues,” she said.

Nurul Izzah and other interested MPs will be submitting their complaints on the electoral roll for the EC to prepare their answers by tomorrow.

Other discrepancies found in Lembah Pantai are:

  • More than 30,000 voters on the roll do not have complete addresses,
  • Postal voters have risen from 154 in 2008 to 2,227 in third quarters of 2012.
  • 772 voters registered although they are under 21,
  • 31 voters were moved from Seputeh on the same day, and all of them were registered to seven units at the Kampung Limau low cost flats.

“When my staff went to check at Kampung Limau, they were barred,” she said.

Pahang EC in the dark

Also at the press conference was Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who is facing the same problems with the Kuantan roll.

“When I asked Pahang EC they say they too don’t know and are interested to find out what the headquarters have to say,” she said.

NONEFuziah (left) said that many enquiries have been made in writing to the EC, while PKR’s appointment with the EC, too, has been postponed several times.

“The point is, it’s not our job to audit the EC. We have other things to do as MPs, and we should not have to hire staff or recruit volunteers and spend late nights checking the roll,” she said.

She also questioned why advanced voting is to be conducted three days before polling day when the process only takes a day.

“We are not allowed to have our own seals on the ballot box (for advanced votes) so it will be very difficult to secure the integrity of the ballot boxes for three days,” she said.

She also spoke out against the extension of advanced voting for spouses.

“The person who needs advanced voting may be on duty but their spouses are not and the spouses should vote on polling day,” she said.

Fuziah also raised concern over the fact that normal rubber stamps are used to authenticate ballot papers instead of the previous ones with indentations.

“Anyone can make a rubber stamp,” she said.

“We are within six months of elections and still these problems are there.”

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