Friday March 22, 2013
EC: Some parties giving wrong info on voting process
IPOH: Several political parties and non-governmental bodies have been providing people with wrong information about the entire voting process, said deputy Election Commission chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.
Labelling it as “ajaran sesat (misleading information)”, he said the EC had received news that some groups were giving such misinformation during their ceramah.
“There are voters who come to the polling stations and question certain procedures. But we are merely acting based on rules and regulations. So, voters should follow the necessary instructions, procedures and laws for the general election.
“It only takes three minutes for a person to vote, unless he or she creates chaos and refuses to follow instructions,” he told reporters after chairing a special session with election and police officers in the state here yesterday.
He also warned voters not to create problems at polling centres, adding that voting was a simple process.
The EC, stressed Wan Ahmad, had nothing to hide when it came to the election process, pointing out that 17 NGOs had been appointed as observers for the polls.
“These are professional and credible NGOs, who will be monitoring the entire election process. So, what else is there to question?
“Besides, we are also allowing observers from foreign countries. The EC is doing its level best to ensure the highest level of transparency when it comes to the election process.
“If there are people who don't follow rules and regulations, leading to a dirty election, it will be not due to the EC or the process but because there are those with bad intentions.”