GE15: Overseas postal voters claim they have yet to receive ballot papers

KUALA LUMPUR: Some postal voters, especially Malaysians abroad, claim they have yet to receive their ballot papers for the 15th General Election.

Some of them were even informed that they will only receive their postal ballot papers on Saturday itself (Nov 19, polling day).

Checks by Bernama on social media site, Twitter, also found that there were voters who had registered as postal voters almost a week ago, but were disappointed because until today, they have yet to receive their ballot papers.

Twitter account holder, S. Prem Kumar said he had not received any information from the Election Commission (EC) on the status of his postal vote.

“I am studying in India and have registered to be a postal voter but have not received the ballot papers,” said Prem, who will be voting in the Port Dickson parliamentary constituency.

“And today, I have still not received any updates or messages from the EC,’’ he added.

Another Twitter user, Aira Nur Ariana, who lives in New York, seems to be in the same predicament as she too has not received her ballot papers.

She said the delay in receiving the postal ballot papers should not happen as this is not the first time the EC is conducting a general election involving postal votes.

Saifuddin Amri, a cybersecurity consultant in Saudi Arabia, said that he had received a notification from a courier company that his postal ballot papers would only be delivered by 8pm (Saudi Arabia time) on Nov 19.

“I will be only getting the ballot papers after the election is over…what a joke, EC. I suggest that without using postal ballots, the EC should resolve this issue by allowing overseas postal voters to cast their ballots at the Malaysian embassies or consulates. That would be easier right?” he commented on social media.

The EC has yet to respond to queries on the matter. – Bernama