Monday, December 5, 2011

Nurul Izzah: ‘Balai Polis Kerinchi’ a voter in Lembah Pantai

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar claimed today that there were 97 discrepancies in the Lembah Pantai postal voters’ list, including one voter with the name “Balai Polis Kerinchi”.

The MP for the constituency told reporters today that while the identity card number RF161872 corresponded to a Mohd Faizul Mohd Yusop on the Election Commission’s (EC) online database, “Balai Polis Kerinchi is on the official electoral roll that will be used.”

“We don’t know if it’s Balai bin Polis Kerinchi or Balai Polis bin Kerinchi,” she said. “This is the gazette for the third quarter. If elections are held tomorrow, this is the list we will use.”

She also claimed 96 other errors in the list of 2,180 postal voters such as ICs that were not on the EC’s online database, voters who can cast their ballot in two constituencies and also two different places in Lembah Pantai itself.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has repeatedly complained of errors in the electoral roll with DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke recently claiming that military ICs were used to register both a male and female postal voter each.

Tens of thousands had poured into the streets of the capital to demand free and fair elections in the July 9 Bersih rally that resulted in a bipartisan parliamentary select committee to improve the electoral system.

The panel made 10 interim recommendations last week including the use of indelible ink to prevent multiple voting, a royal commission on allegations of foreigners being given the right to vote in Sabah and allowing Malaysians residing overseas to vote.

Nurul Izzah (picture) had questioned early last month the nearly 15-fold increase in the number of postal voters from the 149 that were registered for the March 2008 polls.

She had beaten then-incumbent Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil by a majority of just 2,895 votes in the landmark polls which saw Pakatan Rakyat (PR) deny the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) its customary two-thirds majority of Parliament and five state governments.

“This is after the EC listed 40,000 suspect names but none of these 97 were included. How can they approve that list?” she said, referring to the list that was released last month.

She said that the solution to such doubts was to abolish postal voting and implement early voting along with indelible ink to prevent phantom or multiple voting.

There were just under 57,000 voters in the constituency in 2008 but the current electoral roll has about 70,000 voters registered.

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