PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 is calling for the abolition of postal voting following the Election Commission’s (EC) move to gazette new categories of those eligible for it.
Its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said it was concerned as government departments had large number of voters, adding that this might then lead to the manipulation of votes.
Besides police and the armed forces, Maria said other categories of those now eligible for postal voting were staff from the Prisons Department, the Fire and Rescue Department, the Maritime Enforcement Agency, civil defence, Immigration Department, the National Disaster Management Agency, the National Registration Department, health workers and voluntary police reserves.
“We have to make allowances for those who cannot vote on polling day. But these processes have to be fair and transparent.
“Advance voting can replace postal voting,” she told reporters here yesterday.
Maria also suggested advance voting be carried out a day before polling day – instead of five days previously – and for ballot counting to take place on the same day.
Giving EC a week to respond to its demands, Bersih, she said, would also launch a campaign to encourage voters to come out and cast their ballots during the general election.