KUALA LUMPUR: Early voting for the 15th General Election (GE15) nationwide has gone systemically and smoothly so far, says Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
The Inspector-General of Police said election observers have informed him that the early voting process was among the most efficient compared to previous elections.
"We hope the smooth process will assist those voting today in making a sound decision," he told reporters after casting his early vote at Bukit Aman on Tuesday (Nov 15).
The IGP advised police personnel and officers as well as their spouses casting their early votes to fulfil their responsibility in voting.
"Their actions will determine the leaders who will form the next government.
"I believe all officers and personnel have sufficient knowledge in making a decision on who to vote for," he said.
It was reported that a total of 224,828 early voters will cast their ballots at 578 early voting centres for GE15 and the Bugaya by-election on Tuesday.
The Election Commission (EC) reported that as at 9am Tuesday, some 9% of eligible early voters had cast their ballots.
A total of 578 early voting centres, involving 970 channels, were opened nationwide, including at the state police contingent headquarters, district police headquarters and army camps.
Based on the Federal Government gazette dated Oct 31, 2022, that was uploaded on the EC website, the early voting centres will be closed in stages from noon until 5 pm.
Election Commission (EC) secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak had said in a statement on Monday (Nov 14), of the figure, 117,473 were military personnel and their spouses and 107,355 General Operations Force (PGA) personnel and their spouses.
"For this purpose, the designated early voting centres will open from 8am to 5pm. However, some voting centres will close early," he said.