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Mohamad Hasan exposing his ballot is an election offence

Mohamad Hasan won the Rantau by-election yesterday

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) refers to Barisan Nasional candidate Mohamad Hasan’s action of flashing his ballot paper after marking it and before putting it into the ballot box yesterday at the Rantau by-election.

Does he not know that it is an election offence to breach the secrecy of a vote, even one’s own vote, or did he do it in defiance of the law?

Section 5 of the Election Offences Act 1954 underlines the importance of maintaining secrecy of voting and information related to voting. The penalty for breaching secrecy is up to one-year imprisonment or RM3,000 or both.

The reason why the secrecy of the ballot is important is exposure of how one voted on polling day, especially someone influential, after the campaign period is over, could influence how others vote. It could even facilitate the buying and selling of votes.

Such a breach by Mohamad, if not dealt with, might encourage others to flagrantly expose their votes in future elections. This could have serious consequences related to the offence of campaigning on polling day and corruption.

Bersih 2.0 calls on the police and the Electoral Commission to act against Mohamad for such a blatant and defiant act of breaking election laws. A strong message must be sent that secrecy must be maintained during voting and that no one is above the law.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee

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Mo Halim
15 Apr 2019 3.30pm

This begs the question: had PH won, would it have been an offence?

Azul Jon
14 Apr 2019 11.56pm

Tok mat tolong bukak cawangan umno di sarawak

Jeremiah Markus Song
16 Apr 2019 3.05pm
Reply to  Azul Jon

Saying Swak has no one to help Swakians?

Azul Jon
16 Apr 2019 4.38pm
Reply to  Azul Jon

Jeremiah Markus Song apo bondo eh

Sara Vanan
14 Apr 2019 7.29pm

k now is ur turn go face ur muzik…

14 Apr 2019 7.14pm

Your say, folks 😘

14 Apr 2019 7.10pm

It appears the govt does not have the political will to do what is best & right to build a united & harmonious Malaysia. Islam & the Malays were NEVER threatened by the minority. They were threatened only by their own dishonest tribe. The minority asks only to be given an opportunity to earn an honest living & do our own thing without inteference into our culture & lifestyle. We’ll continue to pay our income tax. Is this too much to ask for??

Mary Scully
14 Apr 2019 5.26pm

He should be hauled up by Macc & Probed for RM10 million where he got it & how?

Jan Janice
14 Apr 2019 4.36pm

Idiots act smart serve you right 😝😝🤣🤣

V v devan
V v devan
14 Apr 2019 4.49pm

it is very sad that leaders can flout the law which appears trivial to the invidual s .

Barney Muthu
14 Apr 2019 4.10pm

Anyway his win would not be long as he would soon be charged by MACC for illegal money laundering during BN’s rule. Need to find out how he manage to save RM10,000 and through what means?

Jeremiah Markus Song
16 Apr 2019 3.04pm
Reply to  Barney Muthu

Rm10k is not a big amount ler. He last time no savings one ka or investments one ka?

Jeremiah Markus Song
16 Apr 2019 3.04pm
Reply to  Barney Muthu

How old is he? 12?

Mokka Sancha Hii
14 Apr 2019 3.57pm

The fine RM3k nia ma..just fined him and move on?

15 Apr 2019 1.48pm

If he is fined more than 2K, he may be disqualified.

Mokka Sancha Hii
15 Apr 2019 4.38pm

KK Aw got such thing meh? No lah..

Megat Sharifudin
14 Apr 2019 3.56pm

Nope..check out the law

Fuan Wong
14 Apr 2019 3.41pm

Yes,but the will of the people has been indicated.
Just reprimand him and let’s get on with it

Murali Subramaniam
14 Apr 2019 4.21pm
Reply to  Fuan Wong

Fuan Wong a wrong is a wrong

Ravinder Singh
14 Apr 2019 9.19pm
Reply to  Fuan Wong

Do you reprimand and let go someone who has committed murder? After all, murder is just another crime, or wrong, isn’t it?!

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