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Abolish postal votes for security personnel: PAS

KUALA TERENGGANU, 13 Jan 2009: PAS wants the Election Commission (EC) to abolish postal votes for police and military personnel.

While praising the EC for allowing candidates’ agents to be present during postal voting yesterday for the Kuala Terengganu by-election, the Islamic party, which is part of the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, insists that this process should be abolished for security personnel.

Terengganu PAS chief Datuk Mustafa Ali said this was because postal voting for security personnel was no longer relevant as they were not on duty at remote border posts.

“Then they were based in jungle camps (when fighting the Communists) but now they live in quarters provided. However, postal voting is still relevant for election staffers and citizens who are overseas,” he told a press conference at PAS’ Kuala Ibai headquarters here.

He said military and police personnel now could vote just like other citizens at their respective polling stations.

Polling for the Kuala Terengganu by-election will be held on 17 Jan. — Bernama


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