PETALING JAYA: The police should investigate whether forged MyKad were used in the recent Tanjung Piai by-election, says Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) chairman Thomas Fann.
He said that the police should look into the matter seriously, as there were reports by people who had said that they were denied their right to vote because others had already taken ballot papers using their identification numbers.
Fann added that the police should investigate the case thoroughly instead of passing the buck to the Election Commission (EC), which had no authority to investigate impersonation cases.
"It could be a case where impostors could have used forged MyKad bearing the same identity number as the complainants," said Fann.
He added that it is possible that an EC clerk could have colluded with the offenders by reading out the identification numbers from the electoral roll, instead of from the MyKad.
He said this on Friday (Nov 22), in response to Pontian OCPD Supt Mustafa Bakri's comment that the case had been forwarded to the Election Commission for further action.
On polling day, four voters had lodged police reports on Nov 16, claiming that others had already voted using their identification card numbers.
Fann said the police have to take the reports seriously, as impersonation is an offence under Section 7 of the Election Offences Act 1954.
He said that anyone found guilty of such an offence can be sentenced to a maximum two-year jail term, a fine of up to RM5,000, or both.
Meanwhile, EC chairman Datuk Azhar Harun said that he believes that the police would investigate the matter thoroughly.
"The EC has no authority to investigate this matter. We can only carry out internal investigations. We will co-operate with the police, we will give our statements to the police if they call us," he said in an interview.
He said that they were unable to verify how it could have happened and if the allegations were true.
"Even if the allegations made by the four voters were true, it would not negate the validity of the Tanjung Piai by-election, because it could not make a difference to the outcome of the polls which saw one side winning with a staggering 15,000-vote majority," he said.
In the Nov 16 polls, MCA's Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng garnered a total of 25,466 votes against Pakatan candidate Karmaine Sardini, who obtained 10,380 votes; Gerakan's Wendy Subramaniam (1,707), followed by Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz of Berjasa (850) and two independents, Dr Ang Chuan Lock (380) and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar (32).
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