EC: Use information from us to prevent confusion

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  • Tuesday, 09 Oct 2018

PORT DICKSON: All parties have been told to only use information released by the Election Commission to prevent confusion, said Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun (pic).

"This morning (Oct 9), I was told that the armed forces had issued a statement, claiming there are some 5,600 army voters.

"I would like to correct this, because there are actually 6,690 registered army voters at these camps, and this includes the 54 who will use postal votes," he told reporters at the Basic Army Training Camp (Pusasda).

He said there were 555 police personnel involved in early voting and another 23 who would use the postal votes.

"In total, there are 7,191 early voters and 77 will use the postal ballot," he said.

Azizan said the figures were based on the commission's electoral roll gazetted in the second quarter of this year.

"The roll was verified on Sept 11," he said.

Separately, Azizan said some 35% of the voters had cast their ballots as of 11am.

The by-election is a seven-cornered fight involving Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS' Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and independents Tan Sri Isa Samad, Lau Seck Yan, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Stevie Chan Keng Leong and Kan Chee Yuen.

The Port Dickson parliamentary by-election was held after its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, 68, vacated the seat on Sept 12 to give way to Anwar to return to Dewan Rakyat.

The Port Dickson parliamentary constituency has 75,770 registered voters in this by-election, and they comprise 43% Malays, Chinese (33%), Indian (22%) and other races (2%).

Polling day is on Oct 13.

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