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Published: Saturday April 27, 2013 MYT 4:45:00 PM
Updated: Saturday April 27, 2013 MYT 5:37:57 PM

GE13: Army personnel in Lahad Datu cast votes via post

Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin

LAHAD DATU: Two hundred army personnel, including Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin cast their votes via the post in the Felda Sahabat area on Saturday.

They were part of the 2,280 army officers deployed to Felda Sahabat area when Ops Daulat was launched on March 5 to defend Sabah against the Sulu intruders.

Soldiers in Lahad Datu begin the postal voting process Soldiers in Lahad Datu begin the postal voting process

Another 1,220 army personnel will cast their postal votes in Semporna, Sandakan, Tawau and Lahad Datu.

Three army officials representing the Election Commission monitored the postal voting process that began at 9.30am.

Zulkefili said the voting process at the 21st Royal Malay Regiment Tactical units base in Kg Tanduo went smoothly.

Soldiers in Lahad Datu marking their choices on the ballot paper. Soldiers in Lahad Datu marking their choices on the ballot paper.

"Kg Tanduo has a special place in our hearts because this is where we faced the enemy after they invaded our country on Feb 12. This is where our men fought bravely to defend Malaysia's sovereignty.

"Today, two months after the unfortunate incident, we are casting our votes here. It is indeed a historic event," he added.

Zulkefili said the postal voting process was also carried out in the Kg Tanjung, Cenderawasih and Felda Sahabat army bases.

He said the postal voting process would be done in stages in order to cover all the military bases in the east coast.

For more election stories, please visit The Star's GE13 site

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