EC chief: Rela members not allowed to vote by post

 |Jan 3, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: The People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members are not in the same category as the Royal Malaysian Police Volunteers (PVR) members and are not eligible to apply for postal voting, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

He said EC refuted the allegations of certain quarters that almost four million postal voters were going to vote in the 14th General Election (GE14) with most Rela members who were misunderstood as being in the PVR member category.

“In this regard, the EC wants to emphasise that the allegations are untrue and intended to confuse the people,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said Article 3 (1) to (4) of the Election Regulations (Postal Voting) 2003 stipulates that citizens who had registered as voters could vote by post provided they must belong to one of the categories set by the EC.

“The postal voting facilities granted to these voter categories are not automatically given to all members, but are only subject to members who are required to perform their duties on polling day.

“They must apply as postal voters with an endorsement by their respective department heads when the application period is opened by the EC through official notification.

“Those who do not apply are not eligible to vote as postal voters,” he said.

Hashim said the actual number of members in the categories involved in the postal voting would only be known exactly after the applications were opened and received.

“The EC will review all the postal voting applications to ensure that only eligible persons as stipulated are given the postal voting facility,” he said. – Bernama