06 May '18, 3am

Overseas Malaysians frustrated at late ballot papers; volunteers to fly votes home

KUALA LUMPUR: In Nottingham in the UK, Malaysian student Ana (not her real name) has just found out the ballot paper she needs to vote in nationwide polls is only arriving on May 9 - the day of the elections. According to new guidelines, the Election Commission will post ballot papers to overseas voters, unless they live in Singapore or Southern Thailand. It is then up to them, however, to mail it back to their constituencies by 5pm on May 9, from wherever they are across the globe. Advertisement For Ana, that is now an impossible feat. "Surely the Election Commission knew the ballot papers would not reach here and be posted back in time?" she tells Channel NewsAsia. "I especially feel saddened as this would have been my first time voting in a general election." Across the pond, in New Jersey, Charlene Wong-Podany is feeling the same frustrations as many others living abro...

Full article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/overseas-malays...

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