Diplomatic bags containing postal votes to reach Election Commission HQ in Putrajaya

Overseas voters casted their ballots on Sunday and their votes are now been posted to the Election Commission headquarters in Putrajaya. The overseas voting system remained peaceful and majority of the Malaysian electorates showed immense cooperation during the process.

Two diplomatic bags containing postal votes were dispatched from the Malaysian Consulate in Melbourne at noon Monday after they were sealed under the direction of the Consul-General, Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya.

Rameez refused to declare the total number of Malaysians who casted their ballots but indicated that over 80 per cent of the more than 1,000 postal voters had exercised their electoral rights at the consulate in St Kilda Road. He claimed that the voting proceeded efficiently without any glitches.

Nevertheless, the consulate staff had to tactfully hand a few difficult Malaysians who had not registered themselves as overseas voters but were determined to cast their ballot.

“We explained to them the processes involved and why they could not vote here but they were not satisfied and raised their voices. Our website clearly explains what was required of Malaysians in order to vote. It was pleasing to note most voters followed the rules,” Rameez said.

The voters had to wait for hours for their turn to cast the ballot. Rameez explained that with only six consulate staff available to check documents and voting papers, the team worked at its fastest pace. The process was acknowledged by the eight independent observers.

“We could not fault Dr Rameez and his staff. They did an excellent job. (However) There were a couple of difficult people who had not registered themselves as postal voters. One Malaysian came asking for his Singapore driving licence to be accepted (as an overseas postal voter),” one of the observers told the journalists.

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