PORT DICKSON, 8 Oct 2009: Postal voting began in the Bagan Pinang state by-election today for soldiers and police officers.
The soldiers cast their votes at the Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda), while the police officers at the Port Dickson Police District Headquarters (IPD).
Polling, which began at 8am and will close at 5pm, was reported to be smooth.
Election Commission (EC) deputy chairperson Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar witnessed the voting process at Pusasda, where about 2,000 soldiers at the camp were expected to cast their votes.
“Polling at Pusasda is conducted by the army and witnessed by agents of contending candidates,” he said, adding that the agents were satisfied with the process.
He said ballot papers had also been sent to soldiers living outside the camp yesterday.
The are 4,604 postal voters in Bagan Pinang, of which 4,571 are soldiers, 31 police officers, and two voters who are working overseas.
The constituency has 13,664 voters, including 9,060 ordinary voters.
The postal ballot bags must reach the returning officer’s office by 5pm on Sunday. Votes that arrive after that will not be counted.
In another development, Wan Ahmad denied an allegation by PAS that there was duplication in the Bagan Pinang electoral roll.
“We had checked the electoral roll against the list handed to us by PAS yesterday.
“Maybe the duplication was found in the public list outside Bagan Pinang constituency. We will check on that after the by-election,” he added.