Kuala Besut: EC not happy over way postal ballots are delivered

Kuantan - The Election Commission (EC) will consider using a different delivery service if Pos Malaysia Bhd cannot deliver postal ballot papers effectively, said its deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

"Some ballot papers did not reach the office of the returning officers on time to be counted. But to be fair, we are going to meet Pos Malaysia to get their explanation because we paid them for the service," he said after chairing the elections post-mortem meeting for Pahang here yesterday.

On the Kuala Besut by-election, Wan Ahmad said the EC believes that the spreading of rumours and lies would not be as rampant as those seen during the last general election, and he attributed it to the fact that the contest was solely between Barisan Nasional and PAS.

"I was made to understand these rumourmongers and cybertroopers are neither from Barisan nor PAS but belonged to a certain party. It is an open secret and people are discussing these lies through SMSes and on YouTube," he said.

He expressed hope that the authorities and police would go after these people as they were causing an adverse effect on electoral democracy in the country.

"These people are just causing confusion and anger among voters," he said, calling on those making claims of electoral fraud to prove them in court.

Meanwhile in Petaling Jaya, Pos Malaysia Group chief executive officer Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood disputed claims of poor performance in its duty in postal ballot deliveries, adding that the company did not get any complaints over its election services.

"Pos Malaysia has not received any complaints relating thereto but has received appreciation letters for the service," he said.

He added that a special task force had been set up in every state and was monitored by its headquarters, ensuring a "top priority" in its duty.

Iskandar, nevertheless, welcomed the EC comment to meet over the further improvement of Pos Malaysia services.