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Published: Tuesday April 30, 2013 MYT 5:08:00 PM

GE13: Collect your unused ballots, EC tells overseas voters

KUALA LUMPUR: Overseas postal voters who have yet to pick up their ballot papers from the Malaysian missions worldwide have been urged to do so as soon as possible.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said 6,092 of the 8,756 registered citizens overseas or 69,82% had cast their votes at 100 missions worldwide on Sunday.

“The majority have voted at the mission. The remaining ballots are still at the various missions. We urge Malaysians who have yet to vote to collect their ballot papers.

“All 100 missions have submitted their report. Of the 103 Malaysian missions worldwide, three did not have any voters.

“Overall, I am very happy with the response from the Malaysian voters overseas although this is the first time,” he told after observing the voting process at the Wardieburn Camp here today.

However, he said the onus was on the voters to ensure the papers reached the returning officers at the respective constituencies on time as the deadline to do so via the missions was on Sunday, which was the voting day for overseas voters.

The ballot papers, he added, must reach the returning officers by 5pm on May 5, which is polling day.

The overseas voters include Malaysian students, civil servants and their spouses. Countries such as Australia and Britain, he added, had the most number of voters.

“Some missions recorded a 100% voter-turnout while the least was 25%,” he added.

Abdul Aziz also responded to allegations including claims that the Chinese voting status was being removed which he refuted.

“There is no such thing. The electoral roll of voters is not only with the EC but also with the candidates who have also been given the same list,” he added.

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