New voting process for armed forces and police

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 May 2011

PUTRAJAYA: Postal voting for police and armed forces personnel has been redefined as advance voting from the next general election, said Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

The new advance voting, he said, would be conducted fully by commission officers without the presence of the personnel's superiors as practised in the postal voting.

Wan Ahmad said under the new system, there would be specially-designated assistant returning officers to handle the voting process about two days before the election proper.

The new process would be used for the personnel and their respective spouses who are based at camps and district headquarters.

“This is part of the improvements to make the voting process more transparent for the armed forces and police to be more acceptable to political parties,” he told The Star on Thursday.

However, he said, the personnel posted at borders and remote operational areas as well as diplomats serving in overseas missions would continue to vote through postal voting.

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