IPOH, May 19: Perak Pakatan Harapan today paid 20,000 coins worth RM1,290 to the Election Commission (EC) to object phantom voter as sign of protest EC’s failure to provide political parties with the 2017 Q1 supplementary electoral roll.
Two DAP members were also dressed up in ghost costume as a sign of protest the hijack of democracy.
Perak DAP leader Nga Kor Ming said that when the party was informed that the EC refused to provide political parties with the electoral roll softcopy, Perak Pakatan Harapan had carried a photocopy machine to the EC office to photocopy the electoral roll.
“We even have to bring our own generator as the EC also refused to provide us with electricity. Our members work day and night to photostate yet we couldn’t finish photostating the complete electoral roll.
Describing the EC’s action as “unreasonable”, Nga also questioned if this is a ploy from the EC to “protect” certain Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties act of transferring and registering phantom voters.
Nga said that based on the Election Act, Pakatan workers need to object all phantom voters within the 14 days in which the supplementary electoral roll is displayed.
“EC refusal to provide political parties with the electoral roll softcopy has made the work to identify and object phantom voters harder and more troublesome.
“Despite all odds, in a press conference yesterday Perak Pakatan Harapan managed to identify a few hundreds of voters who are shifted into DUN Hutan Melintang. Today DAP Perak has identify another 129 phantom voters, 86 from DUN Kamunting, 25 from DUN Pokok Assam and 18 from DUN Keranji,” he said.
Nga said he believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the actual situation of phantom voters is worse than this.
Nga noted that both DUN Kamunting and Parliament Kampar are marginal seats with majority of less than 5% in the last GE. He accused BN of transferring voters systematically to these 2 seats in order to win these two seats with phantom voters in the next GE.
Nga said the illegal and systematic transfer of voters is against the Election Act 1958 and also an offence under the penal code. DAP will lodge a police report later regarding the mass transfer of voters. Nga also asked Perak MB Zambry to explained the phantom voters as most of the phantom voters were also found to be MCA and UMNO members.
“DAP Perak has formed a DAP ghostbusters team in March and have caught more than 250 phantom voters in less than 2 months. This proved that the phantom voters are at large in Perak state.
“Nga also urged Perakians to go to the nearest local council or post office to examine the latest supplementary electoral roll. If their address is found to be registered by unknown person, they can contact the nearest DAP local representative office to assis them to object the phantom voters and to lodge police report,” he added.