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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sarawak voters ‘transferred’ to Kelantan


The Election Commission must rectify the error and give an explanation, says PKR
KUCHING: Several Sarawakians have found to their chagrin that they are now voters in Kampong Pulat, Kelantan, and want the Election Commission (EC) to rectify the error and also give an explanation.
See Chee How, vice-chairman of Sarawak PKR, said the EC has admitted that there were complaints from people in Kuching who are suddenly voters of Kampong Pulat, Kelantan.
See highlighted the case of Chu Mui Na of Jalan Stephen Yong, Batu Kawah, Kuching, who was shocked to find out that she has now become a voter in Kampong Pulat in Kelantan.
“She gave me the information and I checked with the state EC. At first the officer was very defensive even saying that the woman could have gone to Kelantan.
“I told the officer that when she applied to register herself as a voter, her IC was attached to the registration form. All the details are there.
“Obviously it was the fault of the EC,” said See, demanding that the commission rectify its mistake so that Chu could vote in the coming general election.
According to See, the officer admitted that there were complaints from people in Kuching who have found themselves to be voters of the same kampung.
See said that some people in Baram told him that they had registered themselves as voters, but their polling stations are two days by foot and boat from their longhouses and villages.
“For example, some voters of Long Lelang have to go to Lio Matu to cast their votes. Lio Matu is two days away by foot and boat from Long Lelang. There is a road linking the two places.
“It is impossible for them to go and vote,” he said.
“In the case of Chu, and several others who are in a similar predicament, it is impossible for them to go to Kelantan. They don’t know where Kampong Pulat is.
“If they are not able to go there to vote, it is possible some people may be issued with the ballot papers and vote in their place,” he said.
See, the Batu Lintang assemblyman, added: “If we look at the testimonies coming out at the Sabah RCI, it is obvious that the EC is colluding with Umno.
“They are not only doing it in Sabah, but also in Sarawak, and I’m sure it happening elsewhere. There are a lot of complaints in Selangor,” he said.
“What we have found out could be the tip of the iceberg. So we demand that EC gives an explanation.
“You cannot hide something; otherwise it is a deliberate attempt to cheat in the coming election which is a very crucial one,” he said, calling all voters to check the status of their registration before it is too late.

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