Friday, May 3, 2013
The Election Commission said that it is not an offence to sponsor the travelling expenses of voters.
Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said sponsors could not however instruct those individuals to vote for a specific candidate or party.
"It is not an offence to offer to pay for a voter's travelling expenses in order for him to go home and vote," he said in a press conference earlier today.
Abdul Aziz also said that it is however an offence if the sponsored individual was asked to vote for a specific party or candidate.
He was referring to the allegation made by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that more than 40,000 dubious voters from Sabah and Sarawak had been flown in to cast their votes on Sunday.
Anwar had claimed that these individuals had entered the peninsula on chartered flights allegedly arranged by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).