Malaysia GE13: Advance voting underway
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.