Acting on possible polls misconduct

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Apr 2019

Shocking find: Screen-grab from a video of a raid on two locations in Selangor where bags containing as many as 20,000 Indonesian ballots papers were discovered.

PETALING JAYA: Two police reports have been lodged in connection with the discovery of Indonesia’s postal voting papers in various locations in Selangor.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said police would act upon the reports.

However, further details will be provided by the Inspector-General of Police through an official statement.

It is learnt that the police re­­ports were lodged on Thursday by two Indonesian citizens, who suspected possible election misconduct, following the discovery of the ballot papers at two locations in Kajang.

A viral video also showed the ballot papers scattered at the premises in Selangor.

AFP reported that Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week’s election results over separate voter list irregularities.

Indonesia’s General Elections Commission (KPU) has sent a team to Malaysia to investigate as many as 20,000 ballots, including many marked in favour of Indo­nesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi.

“This concerns a very sensitive issue and since it happened in another country, we’re doing a very careful investigation,” KPU chief Arief Budiman told a press conference late Thursday.

Recent polls suggest Jokowi, 57, has a double-digit lead over challenger Prabowo Subianto, an ex-military general, setting up a repeat of the pair’s contest in 2014, which Jokowi narrowly won.

Indonesia’s opposition has al­­ready warned of court challenges and street protests over irregularities, including errors in dates of birth and duplicate identity card numbers, for some 17.5 million registered voters – nearly 10% of the electorate.

More than 190 million Indone­sians are set to cast a ballot on Wednesday in one of the world’s biggest one-day elections, with some two million living overseas also registered to vote, including in Malaysia.

Indonesia’s Elections Supervi­sory Agency confirmed that stray ballots marked in Jokowi’s favour were found in Malaysia after vi­­deos surfaced online that showed people raiding an empty store in Selangor and unpacking several bags containing marked ballots.

Another video, apparently from another location in Malay­sia, showed two women punching holes in ballots, which is how a vote is marked in Indonesia’s elections.

But the agency said the ballots’ authenticity had yet to be confirmed.

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