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24 August 2009

Permatang Pasir by-election: BN detects 3,696 phantom voters

(Bernama) - Barisan Nasional (BN) claims to have detected 3,696 phantom voters in the Permatang Pasir state constituency, which is having a by-election tomorrow.

Umno information chief Ahmad Maslan said based on BN's study report on voters' attitude for the by-election, these voters could not be traced from the addresses given in the electoral roll.

"When we went to give the voting slips to a house which was supposed to have 14 registered voters, we found there were only seven voters registered with that house address.

"We could not trace the other seven. We were told by the house owner that they never knew these named seven 'voters'," he said at a press conference, here, today.

Maslan said 961 phantom voters were detected in Sama Gagah, 95 in Permatang Ara, 284 in Permatang Pauh, 142 in Bukit Indera Muda, 216 in Kampung Pelet, 329 in Kubang Semang, 74 in Tanah Liat Mukim 8, 1,181 in Kampung Cross Street 2 and 414 in Permatang Tengah.

"We have a complete list of voters who could not be traced based on the registered addresses.

"We suggest that the Election Commission (EC) list the voters in the constituency according to the addresses given to facilitate verification," he said, adding that there were Chinese voters registered with the addresses of Malay homes.

Asked whether BN doubted the EC's electoral roll, Ahmad Maslan said this did not happen in previous elections, but Permatang Pasir seemed to be a special case.

He also urged the phantom voters not to vote tomorrow to enable only the eligible ones to do so.

BN's Rohaizat Othman, 38, who is the Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, is facing Penang PAS commissioner Mohd Salleh Man, 52, in the by-election.

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