KAJANG: The Election Commission (EC) has vehemently denied that there was a dramatic surge in the number of early voters in the Kajang state constituency.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof described the claim made by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as outrageous as it was not based on facts.
He said on the contrary, early voters in the constituency increased by only 17 to 1,197 compared 1,180 in the 13th General Election (GE13) in May last year.
"An allegation that the EC deliberately added early voters, mostly among Barisan Nasional supporters, is a big lie and preposterous.
"The number of early voters or ordinary voters is based on the number of voters one day before the incumbent assemblyman resigned. This means we cannot increase the number of voters indiscriminately after the seat fell vacant," he told Bernama here on Tuesday.
Wan Azizah, who is facing Barisan’s Chew Mei Fun in the Kajang state by-election on March 23, claimed that the constituency had only 300 early voters in GE13, but the number had increased dramatically to 1,197 for the early polling scheduled for Wednesday.
She said her doubt heightened when the EC did not allow competing parties to monitor the early voting process.
The seat fell vacant following the sudden resignation of the assemblyman, Lee Chin Cheh of PKR, on January 27.
The Kajang by-election will see a straight fight between Barisan’s Chew Mei Fun and Pakatan Rakyat's Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Abdul Aziz said adding 17 early voters was normal as many local policemen were being deployed for the by-election and it was only the PKR which knew when Lee was to step down.
A total of 1,197 police personnel and their spouses will take part in early voting at the Haji Ahmad Shah Hall, the Royal Malaysian Police College, Cheras; and the Anjung Forensic Hall and Rumah Perkep at the Kajang Police District Headquarters. - Bernama
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