GE13: Early voting only starting on April 30, EC secretary says

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013

PUTRAJAYA: The Election Commission (EC) has denied claims on social media that advance voting had already started, pointing out that it will only be carried out on Apr 30 for servicemen and police officers.

EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Baria said it is untrue that they have been unable to manage the distribution of ballots for advance voting as claimed by a Facebook post that carried a picture of a ballot.

"The EC denies that advance voting has been carried out for those who qualify because advance voting will only be done on Apr 30.

"We also deny that the photo that has been put up on the social media was sourced from the EC," he said while reading out a prepared statement during a press conference here on Wednesday.

He said that uploading pictures of ballot papers on the internet is a serious offence, adding that the EC had lodged a report at the Putrajaya police headquarters over ballot papers meant for postal voters appearing on several social sites on the internet.

"We made the report to defend the EC's reputation and integrity. We will decide on the action to be taken after the police complete their investigation under Section 574 of the Penal Code (Amended) 1997," he said.

Those eligible for domestic postal voting are armed forces, police, media and EC personnel on duty.

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