The government has denied claims from the opposition that the postal voting process in the 1999 and 2008 general elections was manipulated. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said on the contrary, most of the votes in both general elections tilted against the ruling party.
He was responding to a question from Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS-Parit Buntar), who wanted to know the number of ex-servicemen who had registered as ordinary voters at the Dewan Rakyat here today. Nazri said 3,894 ex-servicemen applied to register as ordinary voters last year.
“This is in accordance with Regulation 2, Election Regulations (Voters Registration) 2002, which states that regulars in the army, navy and air force are eligible to register as absent voters,” said Nazri.
He said soldiers should re-register themselves as ordinary voters after they leave the services as the Election Commission would delete their names from the absent voters’ list.