AS it appeared in NSTonline:
SEREMBAN: Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) will meet the Election Commission soon for permission to observe the counting of postal votes in the Bagan Pinang by-election.
The election monitor’s deputy chairman, Col (R) Shahrudin Othman, said Ma-frel was allowed to observe the voting and counting process in the last general election, which “helped to ensure there was no room for any manipulation by either party”.
Although Mafrel would be allowed to observe the postal voting in Bagan Pinang, the EC had yet to give it the green light to be present during the counting.
“We are hoping that the Bagan Pinang by-election will be the first where Mafrel is allowed to be present when the 5,171 postal votes are counted.
“If all the parties involved have nothing to hide, then I don’t see any reason why we cannot place our people there to observe the counting. This will ensure a clean and transparent election.”
Pas had earlier voiced concern about the postal votes in the constituency and said it would meet the EC on Monday about this.
Pas state commissioner Zulkefly Mohamad Omar said: “We want to ask the EC to allow representatives from the contesting parties to witness the postal voting process and also accompany the ballot boxes to the voting centre.”
Shahrudin said Mafrel would station two people at each of the eight polling stations in the by-election.
“Apart from this, we will also have mobile units to observe supporters and other activities outside the polling stations.”