KUALA LUMPUR – Early voting for the 14th General Election (GE14) today involving a total of 278,590 security personnel, including their spouses went smoothly in 586 polling centres nationwide as of 10 am.
It took place four days before the GE14 polling day on May 9. Parliament was dissolved on April 7 to pave the way for the general election.
Members of the security forces, comprising the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and General Operations Force (PGA) as well as their spouses were seen gathering early at the polling centres before the voting process started at 8 am.
In the federal capital, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim cast their ballots at the Bukit Aman PDRM headquarters.
Among the early voting centres opened here are at the Sports Complex, Tuanku Mizan Militarhy Hospital; Camp Perdana Sungai Besi and Sekolah Kebangsaan Kementah, Jalan Padang Tembak.
Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor cast his vote at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Kementah.
In PENANG, 31 polling centres throughout the state were opened for early voting involving 11,613 people.
State EC director Md Fuad Mohd Sherif said the number comprised 6,136 police personnel and their spouses besides 5,477 military personnel and their spouses.
In KELANTAN, 41 polling centres were opened statewide, including five military camps and 36 district police stations as well as police stations,
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Jeli parliamentary seat and Air Lanas state seat also visited the polling centre at the Camp Batu 11 First Battalion Border Regiment, Tanah Merah to take a first hand look at the early voting process.
In SELANGOR, the early voting involved 25,462 police and military personnel at 40 polling centres opened at IPD and military camps.
Among those exercising their voting rights were Selangor Police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor at the Officers’ Mess of Selangor Contingent Police headquarters in Shah Alam.
BN candidate for Kuala Selangor parliamentary seat Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim also spent some time monitoring the early polls at the Kuala Selangor IPD.
In KEDAH, the early voting process involved 10,211 military personnel and 7,101 police personnel and their spouses at 24 polling centres.
In Langkawi, 1,588 were registered as early voters with two polling centres opened at the Langkawi Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) and Rahah Hall, Royal Malaysian Navy Region Three Headquarters.
Also seen spending some time at the early polling centre was PKR-Amanah candidate for Pokok Sena parliamentary seat, Datuk Mahfuz Omar at the Kedah Police Contingent headquarters.
In PUTRAJAYA, Putrajaya District Police chief ACP Rosly Hassan was among the earliest individuals to undertaken the early voting process, which started as early as 8 am.
A total of 823 police personnel from the Putrajaya IPD were eligible to cast their votes.
In SARAWAK, the Sarawak Police Contingent headquarters in Jalan Badruddin in Kuching was one of the polling centres for police personnel to have their early voting and Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim was among the earliest to vote.
In Miri, early voting for police personnel took place at the Ruai Kenyalang Hall, Miri Police Contingent headquarters and the Mustapha Hall of Miri PGA 12th Battalion.
In MELAKA, a total of 12,268 military personnel and 2,904 police personnel and their spouses were eligible for early voting at 31 polling centres statewide while Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan cast his ballot at the Melaka IPK in Bukit Beruang .
BN candidate for the Hang Tuah Jaya parliamentary seat, Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam also inspected the early voting process at Melaka IPK. – BERNAMA