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Malaysia GE13: Advance voting underway

Published on Apr 30, 2013 10:47 AM
 
A Malaysian armed forces officer (right) has her finger marked with ink before voting during an early vote for the 13th general elections at a military base in Kuala Lumpur on April 30, 2013. Policemen nationwide became the inaugural batch of advance voters, who used the indelible ink for the first time in Malaysia's election. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Policemen nationwide became the inaugural batch of advance voters, who used the indelible ink for the first time in Malaysia's election.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar led the way by being among the first to cast his vote, as policemen cast their votes at police contingents nationwide.

Starting at 8.30am, excited policemen lined up in Bukit Aman's Mass Hall and Dewan Perkep.

Mr Ismail, when met after casting his vote, said the police was honoured to be part of history in using the indelible ink, which was burgundy in colour.

Election Commission Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that the colour of the indelible ink used on Polling Day on May 5, will not be the same as that used today for advance voting.

Advance polling takes place on Tuesday with security forces and their spouses heading to 544 polling centres nationwide to cast their votes.

Election Commission secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said 272,387 policemen, army personnel, general operations force and their spouses were registered as advanced voters. Of the figure, 161,251 are army personnel and their spouses.

"The advanced voting will also be monitored by the candidates' agents and appointed EC observers," Mr Kamaruddin said.

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