Published: Saturday March 16, 2013 MYT 4:58:00 PM
Updated: Saturday March 16, 2013 MYT 9:08:12 PM
GE: EC asks parties, independent candidates to submit names of reps to oversee overseas voting
By A. RUBAN
SHAH ALAM: Political parties and independent candidates can now submit names of their representatives to the Election Commission (EC) to oversee the process of submitting votes from locals residing in foreign countries.
Deputy EC chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, who did not specify the exact date when the names should be submitted, said the names must be passed to the EC as soon as possible.
He said the representatives must be Malaysian and above 21 years old.
The names submitted to the EC, Wan Ahmad said, would then be passed to all respected embassies immediately.
"There might be as many as 10 names appointed by the EC but only one of them would be able to enter the centre to observe the process where votes are cast by Malaysians staying overseas," he told reporters after briefing election workers on the latest general election format here on Saturday.
Earlier at the briefing, Wan Ahmad reminded all non-governmental organisations taking part as observers in the coming general election to respect all rules and guidelines set by the EC.
"Take this opportunity as a mandate to perform your duties professionally.
"Do not have any political agenda in your role as the observer," he said.
Appointing observers on nomination and polling days was the first in the history of Malaysian elections.
Calling the move a pilot project for EC, Wan Ahmad said he hoped everything would turn out fine during the big day.