EC To Issue 1,035 Postal Ballot Papers This Saturday

(Bernama) — The Election Commission (EC) will be issuing ballot papers to 1,035 postal voters who will cast their votes for candidates in the Kuala Terengganu by-election after this Saturday.

State EC director Mohd Noor Daud said the postal ballot papers would be handed over to the by-election manager's office at the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council building on Saturday.

He said out of the 1,035 postal voters, 1,001 were from the police force, 27 from the military and the rest were Terengganu students studying abroad.

"We are not involved in the voting process as this is handled by the by-election officer, the police and military who will determine the date for the ballot papers to be sent in.

"What the EC wants is for the postal ballot papers to be returned before 5pm on Jan 17, the polling day," he added when contacted here Wednesday.

The by-election is held following the death of the incumbent Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Razali Ismail, who was also Deputy Education Minister, on Nov 28, 2008.

In the last general election in March last year, Razali defeated Mohamad Sabu from PAS and independent candidate Maimun Yusof by a 628-vote majority.