BN tried to argue that the advantage they enjoy over postal voters are not true since in the previous election the postal voters voted the opposition in big proportion-contrary to one-sided trend elsewhere. This argument is faulty: to prove that the `postal voters'(more accurately the military and police votes) should be allowed to attend party campaigns to hear all sides of the stories, to cast their votes in polling stations administered by the SPR, to have normal ID as other voters when their names are listed in the electoral roll etc. Refusing these changes for the postal voters shows that BN is not honest to claim that postal votes are no advantage to 1 side of the election. It amount to blatant dishonesty about an unfair advatage given to 1 side!
BN says postal votes ‘not a sure advantage’
SEREMBAN, Sept 30 – The high number of postal voters in Bagan Pinang is not necessarily an advantage to the Barisan Nasional (BN), said Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Mohamad, who is also state Umno chief, said in last year’s general election, the BN victory margin in the state constituency dropped because more postal votes went to the Opposition.
“The Opposition garnered 1,800 postal votes in that election. As such, they cannot claim that postal votes favour the BN more,” he told reporters here today.
He was confident, however, that the BN would garner more postal votes this time around.
The constituency, which has 13,644 registered voters, including 4,604 postal voters, will be having a by-election on Oct 11.
It is being called following the death of its incumbent, Azman Mohammad Noor on Sept 4.
In KUALA LUMPUR, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said the choice of Isa as the candidate would ensure a big win for the BN in the by-election.
Mukhriz, who is also the Member of Parliament for Jerlun, said this was because Isa was hugely popular in the constituency.
He was speaking to reporters after launching celebrations in conjunction Saudi Arabia’s 79th independence anniversary.
Barisan is fielding former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad, 59, while PAS has named its state commissioner Zulkefly Mohamad Omar, 44.
Nomination is on Saturday. – Bernamae