The Mix Up Of Ballot Boxes In GE14 Will Not Impact Votes, Bersih Says

Reports have surfaced about ballot boxes being labelled wrongly at some polling stations.

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Several polling stations in the country had reportedly gotten ballot boxes mixed up

Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Shahanim Mohamad Yusof casting her vote at Dewan KEDA, Kampung Tepi Sungai.

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It was learned that the labelling of ballot boxes of parliamentary and state seats at certain polling stations was incorrect, which led to some voters dropping in their ballot papers - orange for parliament and yellow for state seats – in the wrong boxes.

The Star Online reported that this was observed at SK Klang Gate in Setapak and Balai Mesyuarat Taman Bukit Serdang in Section 5, Selangor.

Polling agents at the affected polling streams at Balai Mesyuarat Taman Bukit Serdang were notified of the mistake and told not to disqualify votes.  

According to New Straits Times, a similar incident also happened at Dewan KEDA, Kampung Tepi Sungai in Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah.

In another incident in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, voters allegedly dropped their both ballot papers into a single box

PAS candidate Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff showing reporters a photo that depicts ballot papers for Parliament and DUN were put into the same box.

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PAS candidate Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff reportedly urged the authorities to investigate the matter which allegedly happened at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Rantau Panjang 1 and seven other polling stations.

Sinar Harian reported that Siti Zailah claimed that she saw ballot papers in the Parliament ballot box also contained ballot papers for DUN.

She alleged that voters were confused as the ballot papers for Parliament were printed using orange paper while for DUN using white paper but the ballot box for Parliament was printed on white paper while the DUN box on orange paper.

"It caused confusion among voters especially senior citizens, who mistakenly put two ballot papers into the same box," Siti Zailah said, adding that she does not blame the Election Commission (EC) workers but stressed that she will not hesitate to take action if there was any "conspiracy to sabotage" the election.  

Responding to the issue, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has assured that the mix up of ballot boxes will not impact votes

"We have received several complaints about ballot boxes for Parliaments and State Legislative Assembly (DUN) which have been mixed up at several voting centres."

"This will not impact your vote because before all ballots are tallied, all ballot papers will be sorted by colour," Bersih said in a Facebook post

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