Archive for November, 2009

No plans for anonymous postal votes, says Nazri

[Form 2 needed to trace postal ballots, says Nazri. — Picture by Choo Choy May]

Form 2 needed to trace postal ballots, says Nazri. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — The government has no plan to abolish the “Borang 2” (Form 2) in the postal voting system as the form is necessary to ensure that the ballot paper is issued to the right individual, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the form would help determine the valid postal ballot paper should there be fraud in the issuing of postal ballots during an election.

“Without the serial number of the ballot paper on the form, it will be difficult to trace the postal ballots. This is the main reason why Borang 2 has to be retained,” he said in a written reply to Abdul Aziz Abdul Kadir (PKR-Ketereh).

Abdul Aziz had asked the government to state the factors which prohibited the abolition of the form in the postal voting system.

The regulations require a postal voter to complete Borang 2 by giving his or her full name, identity card number and the ballot paper number.

The form will be retained by the returning officer. — Bernama

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High Court blocks EC bid, insists on by-election in Kedah
By Debra Chong(Malaysianinsider.com )

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — The Election Commission failed today to get the High Court here to stay its decision last week that a by-election must be held in the Kedah state seat of Kota Siputeh within 60 days.

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Malaysian ruling party BN insist on forcing the military and police personnel as well as their family members to vote under the so called `postal voting’ method where the voters are not allowed access by non-ruling parties and where the voting is not handled by the Election Commission as required by the Constitution. The system had allowed overwhelming support to the ruling parties since the Independence of the country. Such unfair voting practices mean that the BN had enjoyed block votes for its candidates where ever there are police quarters(which is quite pervasive) and military camps(quite substantial in many constituencies, and more are planned to locate 1 at each constituency). The excuse given by the ruling party is incredible: they claim that that is to safeguard the voting rights of the military and police personnel as well as their family members. However the rights of these citizens as voters are violated in a number of ways under the `postal vote’ system eg they are barred from campaign by non-ruling parties/candidates; the secrecy of their votes cannot be guaranteed since the voting process is not open to observation by party agents or independent poll observers. Worse: they are made to adopt less than satisfactory `postal vote’ procedure when they are voting where they are registered! So : why must they vote through a system which is susceptible to manipulations?

Ong BK

Nazri: Postal votes to stay

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — The government has no plans to review or change the postal voting system for the police and armed forces, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz today.

Nazri said the Election Commission (EC) does allow representatives of parties contesting in a particular election to witness the voting process to ensure it was carried out in a fair and transparent manner.

“EC feels the postal voting system is still relevant in accordance with election procedures,” said Nazri in Parliament today when replying to a question by Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa) who wanted to know if the government had any plans to change the system.

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