Massive numbers: 50,000 journalists?
One is the massive numbers involved in postal voting process over 250,000 people have been issued postal ballots. Now we have verified there were over 50,000 actually issued to media personnel, so it seems shocking that suddenly the media industry in this country has grown to 50,000. Who are this 50,000 people who been issued postal ballots and who have apparently cast these ballots?
That's one big concern because there is no transparency in the process. We don't know where ballot papers have been kept, we don't know what has been done with the ballot papers. We only know that of course in the established process that these ballot papers will be opened on Sunday at 5 o'clock and will be counted. We know from previous history that it's those postal ballots that are suddenly use to transform, to change the outcome in that particular constituency.
The second concern is about the security of the ballot papers used for early voting process. We know of course the boxes are sealed, we know that they have been kept, for example in Subang the boxes for Subang constituency are being kept in USJ police station. But we still remain concerned because we have the same concerns about who is actually having access to the process because we have been told that we can't access, so we can't watch those ballot boxes and these will be kept in so-called secure places like lockups and only opened on Sunday. So our concerns remain about those ballot boxes.