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Oversea voters must mail back ballot papers themselves

  • Oversea voters must mail back the ballot papers themselves in order to reach the various vote collection points in Malaysia before 1700 MYT on the polling day. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

PETALING JAYA, Feb 8 (Sin Chew Daily) -- The Election Commission will allow civil servants from nine departments to register for postal voting.

These nine departments are fire and rescue department, prisons department, maritime enforcement agency, police volunteer reserve, immigration department, health department, urban transformation centers, national registration department, civil defence force and national disaster management agency.

From the information made available to Sin Chew Daily, the EC will modify the postal voting method. EC will send out the ballot papers to the oversea addresses of registered postal voters, who will have to mail back the ballot papers themselves in order to reach the various vote collection points in Malaysia before 5.00 p.m. Malaysian time on the polling day.

This means that oversea voters can no longer vote at the Malaysian embassy or high commission as they used to do in past general elections.

During the last general election, oversea voters had to vote one week before the polling day at the Malaysian embassy or high commission. They could choose to post the ballot papers back to Malaysia themselves or let the embassy / high commission mail back for them.

 

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