An ex-army personnel claimed that he was instructed by his superiors to vote for Barisan Nasional and admitted that postal votes are often subject to abuse.Nasir Ahmad, a former army clerk at the Sandakan military post in Sabah, made the revelation at a PAS Youth media briefing on electoral fraud here today.In the 1987 general election, Nasir said he and a colleague were instructed to open a bag and tick some 900 postal ballots according to “my taste”, an implicit reference to BN.
“I took about 400 ballots while my friend Ayub Mat took the rest,” he added.
Nasir’s admission was among the many allegations made in the past by former army personnel who claimed to have followed similar instructions.
PAS and its allies in Pakatan Rakyat had long accused BN and the Election Commission of manipulating postal votes to favour the ruling government. The nation’s security forces are largely seen as reliable vote banks for BN.
The opposition bloc also raised the alarm over the drastic rise in postal voters throughout the country as it prepared to face a pivotal battle in the 13th national polls which is likely to be held early next year.
EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar had said that national figures for registered postal voters from the armed forces were about 134,000, and for the police, about 80,000 in the last count.
Polls watchdog Bersih 2.0, which had now gained international recognition for its fight against election abuses, also called on the EC to look into claims of abuses in the postal vote system.
Both BN and EC denied any wrongdoing and cited Pakatan’s election gains in 2008 as proof.
The opposition bloc denied BN its two-thirds parliamentary majority and seized five states during the last election.