Extract from Malaysiakini (updated at 5.00 pm)
Meanwhile, election watchdog Malaysian for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) Penang coordinator Jamaluddin Abdullah (picture) said he had received only two reports so far on polling day.
One was for a missing name from the electoral list and the other, the existence of a party election booth (pondok panas) near a polling sation.
He said so far both contesting parties and supporters have been observing and abiding by the election rules by not displaying car stickers, logos, flags on their vehicles when ferrying voters to polling stations.
Aside from one or two incidents, of which one involves shouting games between rival supporters to woo voters, he said both sides have largely refrained from polling day campaign this time.
“Things have improved a lot compared to the last three held elections,” he said referring to last year’s elections held in Permatang Pauh and Penanti respectively.
However, he lamented over the heavy presence of police and party supporters near polling stations.
He said their heavy presence could provoke trouble and uneasiness, thus creating an intimidating atmosphere that could instil fear among voters.
“We want to bring about a calm and peaceful atmosphere to enable citizens to exercise their rights in a relax manner.
“Mafrel would bring up this issue to the EC’s attention in our post mortem report.
“We surely want this is to improve in the next coming elections,” Jamaluddin told Malaysiakini.