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Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Those Postal Votes Again

The postal votes are in question once again, this time by the EC. In the 11th election, some 33% of postal ballots given out were not returned. According to the EC chairman, out of 200,712 which were given out, a total of 67,177 postal ballots were not returned to the ballot box. A pretty high figure of 1 in 3 unreturned!
The Star reported that according to the EC chairman, after investigations, [obviously he must have conducted them,] he has uncovered a ruse by supporters of opposition parties who misused unreturned postal ballot papers to claim that votes for their parties were deliberately chucked out.

Describing how it was done, the EC chairman said these opposition party people went round the country and collected unreturned ballot papers, particularly those meant for postal voters, and then marked them in favour of their parties. These ballot papers were eventually found to be unreturned postal ballot papers – based on the serial numbers. How the opposition party people had the resources to do so and why those with the unreturned postal ballot papers were willing to pass over to them were unexplained. Furthermore, the EC chairman added that “I never expected them to stoop this low to discredit us. It is now up to the people to judge who are the liars.” He can rest assured that the public will definitely be able to judge who are the liars.

Some postal ballots were indeed found by the alternative party people among garbage but the majotiy of them were marked for BN and not for the alternative parties as claimed by the EC chairman. Could he care to explain this with a further spin?

When asked regarding the on the high number of spoilt votes, nearly 300,000 of them, the EC chairman said it was because many voters had deliberately disfigured the ballot papers by writing abusive messages or drawing obscene pictures on the photographs of the candidates that they did not vote for. The Star reported :: “Some of the messages and pictures were unbelievably obscene,” he said. As to how these spoilt voters managed these 'unbelieveably obscene pictures' during the short time they had spent in the voting booths and why they should exhibit their obscene artistic talents is also equally 'unbelievable'.

The EC chairman also claimed that the last general election was conducted freely and fairly, adding that those who had failed to receive majority votes from the people should respect the people's decision. This is an about turn from his previous call to have an independent body, preferably a Royal Commision to look into the 11th election conduct. We will look forward to further spins from him.


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