Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vote tampering caught on video?

KUCHING: DAP has lodged a police report over a video clip purportedly showing an incident of postal vote tampering that took place in Sibu this afternoon.
A DAP election worker who was at the Sibu police headquarters confirmed that the DAP polling agent who filmed the incident was giving his statement at 5.30pm.
The clip, released earlier today showed four women handing over what looked like ballot papers to a bespectacled man in Wisma Sanyan.
As the women left the scene, the unidentified man realised that they were being filmed and attempted to block the camera before running up a staircase into an office.
Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong, condemned the incident and called it “just the tip of the iceberg”.
“It is evident from the reaction of the people to the video that they were clearly involved in some sort of hanky-panky,” he told FMT.
“We condemn all forms of electoral fraud and vote buying and call on the police and Election Commission to investigate this incident.”
Liew added that while DAP had received word of many similar incidents, the party didn’t have the means to deter or detect it. He reiterated the party’s determination to fight for every vote.
“We won’t take this lying down,” he said. “So we urge all voters in Sarawak to do their part in ensuring a clean and fair election. If you see any suspicous incidences, record it and we will pursue it.”
When contacted, Sibu MP and state DAP chief Wong Ho Leng, said that he hadn’t yet seen the video clip and was unable to comment on it at this point in time.
Postal voting for the 10th Sarawak state elections began at 9am today. Postal votes come in a package containing a form, two envelops and a ballot paper.
Voters pick up the package at a centre, fill it out at home and then return the marked ballot paper and filled out form in a sealed envelope.


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