Kini pengundi dengan MyKad tidak wujud dikesan
Even as the BN and Pakatan Rakyat trade barbs over the proposed parliamentary select committee on electoral reform, more flaws are being exposed in the electoral rolls by political parties and members of public.
The latest discovery by a PAS supporter shows several registered voters in Kedah having MyKad numbers that do not exist.
This information is posted on a Facebook page registered to a Pengundi PAS Kedah (Kedah PAS voter) and is accompanied by screen-capture images (left) of the search result from the Election Commission’s (EC) website.
It shows the seventh and eighth digits of the MyKad numbers of three voters are listed as ’00’. These two digits are used to indicate the place of birth of the MyKad holder.
When contacted, an NRD customer service officer confirmed that there is no such code and requested this reporter to lodge an official report with the department.
A check with the NRD portal – which allows people to check the status of identification documents – showed that there is no record of the three MyKad.
When accessed this morning, the EC online verification system confirmed the voting details of the trio:
1. Hasrullizam bin Halim
MyKad no: 800604002563
Voting constituencies: Bukit Pinang (state), Pokok Sena (Parliament)
2. Rosmadi bin Chik
MyKad no: 801111002544
Voting constituencies: Kota Siputeh (state), Jerlun (Parliament)
3. Shapiza binti Ghazali
MyKad no: 811020002568
Voting constituencies: Bukit Lada (state), Pokok Sena (Parliament)
EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof (left) has repeatedly explained that every voter registration will be checked with the NRD database through the Agency Link-up System.
Therefore, it is not known how the three voters were registered in the electoral roll despite their MyKad numbers being invalid.
“If they had been checked, the NRD would not have verified the existence of MyKad number with code ’00’. “If it was the fault of clerks, why are there so many people with the code ’00’ unless it was (a deliberate mistake),” Pengundi PAS Kedah says on the Facebook page.
“I hope that there will be a concrete explanation from the EC and NRD. A check with NRD shows that there is no record (of such MyKad), so where do these people come from? Born on the planet of Pluto?”
32 entries ‘cleaned out’?
The Facebook page also posted screen-capture images of 32 Kedah voters who allegedly have a double identity in the electoral roll.
However, the double identity no longer exist when Malaysiakini checked with the EC online verification system this morning.
According to Abdul Aziz, the EC is ‘cleaning’ the electoral roll, including the removal of double registrations, on a daily basis based on NRD information.
Over the last two weeks, Malaysiakini has highlighted flaws in the electoral roll, including ‘permanent resident voters’ whose status in the NRD database had been ‘upgraded’ to ‘citizen’ within hours, and ‘clone’ voters who have two entries in the electoral roll or two different MyKad.
Under pressure from the opposition and electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced on Monday that a bi-partisan parliamentary select committee on electoral reform would be formed.
Postal vote manipulation has been a common practice in the military for many years – so it seems – now that more retired military personnel are speaking up.
Now, four ex-military personnel have confessed to committing election fraud – the same way an ex-army man said he did so earlier this month.
The four, who had served at army and air force bases across the country, say they marked thousands of postal votes in three separate general elections between 1978 and 1999.
The four – Major (Rtd) Risman Mastor (right), Kamarulzaman Ibrahim, Mohamed Nasir Ahmad and Mohd Kamil Omar – said they were ordered by their commanding officers to mark postal votes for the hundreds and thousands of personnel who were out in the field.
Their expose today is the second after an ex-army man came forward earlier this month, making a similar claim that he was ordered to mark postal votes for other personnel.
Kamarulzaman, who was a clerk working at the Terendak army camp in Malacca, said he was ordered to spend three days marking thousands of ballot papers during the 1986 general election.
The 53-year-old said he was given three pens of different colours, which he used alternately to sign the postal votes in the absence of the army personnel who were on their tour of duty.
“For example, I would use a blue pen to sign for one serviceman and a black pen to sign for his wife. I was also ordered to mark votes for the opposition,” he said at a press conference hosted at the PAS headquarters by the party’s youth wing.
When asked how many postal votes he signed, Kamarulzaman said he could not remember the exact number but was sure that it ran into the thousands.
“If you want to say how many, let’s just say my hand went numb (from signing the ballot papers). I basically voted for soldiers from all over the country.”
‘It was the wrong thing to do’
Kamil, a retired Air Force commando based at the Butterworth Air Force base, claimed he was offered a “reward” if he complied with the order to mark a box full of postal votes during the 1999 general election.
The 21-year veteran however refused to carry out the order, saying that he realised it was not right for him to mark ballots for his colleagues.
“They gave me a box, and expected me to mark all the ballots in 30 minutes. I realised it was wrong,” said the 49-year-old, adding that he has no idea what the “reward” was since he did not carry out the order.
Nasir, 50, who was a clerk based in Sandakan during the 1986 general election, said he and another colleague were told to split over 900 postal votes between them to be marked on behalf of their fellow soldiers.
He pointed out that being in the military, orders are orders and that soldiers were “not too bothered” about politics.
“Even after retirement, we didn’t care so much about politics. But when Bersih came about, we started to realise that what we did was not right,” he said.
Risman stressed that this practice went as far back as the 1978 general election, when he and nine others were ordered to go through around 200 sacks – each containing 10 postal votes – during his time at the Kampung Sawah army camp in Port Dickson.
“I did it just that one time… I don’t remember the figures but I believe there were about 10 (ballots) in each sack. In effect there were just 10 of us actually voting,” he said.