KOTA KINABALU: More than 10,000 policemen in Sabah have started casting their votes for the early polls on Saturday (May 5).
Police officials were seen queuing up from as early as 7am at the police MES in Kepayan near here.
Those who had cast their votes from 8am onwards were seen coming out with blue ink on their fingers.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din, who was met after casting his vote at about 9.10am, said the situation at all poling stations has been good so far.
"We have a total of 10,227 policemen casting early ballots today and for this branch alone, we have a total 1,681 officials voting," he added.
Ramli said as for the postal votes that started since Friday (May 4), a total of 501 policemen would be casting their votes until Saturday evening.
"We also have 345 pensioners casting their votes today," he said in explaining that though pensioners were supposed to vote the same time as the public on May 9, these voters had just retired from the force and were unable to update their status in time.
Kapayan candidate Datuk Francis Goh of Sabah MCA had later arrived outside the voting area to show support to the voters.
Others casting their early votes on May 5 include the General Task Force, army personnel and their spouses.
Those required to do postal votes include employees of the Prisons Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Maritime Enforcement Department, government health workers, Royal Malaysian Police Volunteer Reserves, the Malaysian Civil Defence Department, Immigration Department, National Disaster Management Agency, and the National Registration Department.
On election-related issues, Ramli said they have opened up 29 investigation papers for offences including cheating, slander, fake news and treason as of May 5.
"A special unit has been tasked to look into all issues pertaining to the elections," he said.
As for the Usno Baru case involving missing party funds meant for Nomination Day, Ramli said they have yet to complete their probe.
"We have called quite a number of people to get their statements recorded and our findings so far remain the same – no one had really seen the alleged RM870,000 deposit," he said.
He said the only funds collected were believed to be between RM3,000 and RM10,000 which were also "missing".
"We are still trying to verify information received and to establish whether this is a cheating case or something else," Ramli said.
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