Monday, September 14, 2009

malaysiakini on the Bagan Pinang By-Election

Finally the Elections Commission has done something very practical and that is to arrange the voting to be done on a Sunday according to this malaysiakini article Bagan Pinang residents will vote on Oct 11 .
This should be the standard procedure for all by-elections as schools will not be disrupted on Sundays and also more voters will be given the opportunity to get to the polling stations during the week-end.
Maybe the presence of a few thousand postal voters may have been the deciding factor as perhaps the EC feels that this is a safe BN seat.
Let us hope that those postal voters will decide their ballots in a responsible manner and vote according to their conscience.


Pak Idrus said...

Why do we still need the postal vote? It is peace time; our soldiers are in camp all the times and they should be made to vote like normal citizen. What the EC need to do is to set up a voting center at the camps and the voting done on the same day like the others. It would give our fighting man and woman a change to vote like the ordinary rakyaat does. Take care.

H J Angus said...

pak idrus
Thanks for your comments.
I agree with you that postal votes should be restricted to only those on combat duties in remote areas.

Maybe the EC can change the rules so that postal votes are limited to less than say 5% of the electorate in any constituency .
The way our men and women in uniform are treated now is as if they are not allowed to think like adults.