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KOTA KINABALU: A different coloured indelible ink will be used on those who vote in advance in the next general election.
Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof yesterday said this was to make sure they do not vote again on polling day.
Aziz said the move would ensure that no one would be able to produce counterfeit indelible ink before the actual polling day.
“Malaysians are good in making 'copies'. Even the colour of the bottles will be different.
“The indelible ink used on advance voters will last longer compared to the one that will be used on polling day,” he said and pointed out that it was another precautionary measure.
Aziz said although it has never been proven that there were people who voted more than once during an election in Malaysia despite many allegations, the measure was to ensure that it never happened.
He said this after briefing returning officers and district police chiefs on preparations for the next general election. It was the second round of briefing by the commission.
For the first time in the next general election, members of the security forces will be allowed to cast their ballot in person ahead of time and will no longer be registered as postal voters.
The advance voting process would be similar to regular voting but it will be held a few days earlier.
Postal voting however would still be allowed in situations where members of the security forces cannot make it for advance polling, especially those who are posted away from their bases.
For that however they need to apply to the respective returning officers after the Parliament is dissolved.
Nationwide there are 242,294 voters who are from the security forces and their spouses, Aziz said adding that 94,613 were from the police and 147,681 from the armed forces. They were postal voters who are now considered advance voters.