GE15 : 4PM to 6PM Reserved For COVID-19 Voters?!

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Is the 4 PM to 6 PM time slot reserved for only COVID-19 positive voters in GE15, because that’s the only time they are allowed to vote?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : 4 PM – 6 PM Is Only For COVID-19 Voters In GE15

People are sharing claims that 4 PM to 6 PM is reserved exclusively for COVID-19 positive voters, with others claiming that COVID-19 positive voters can only vote during that time slot.

Here is one example on social media:

Please go out and vote before 4.00 p.m.

4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. is for Covid positive people to vote.

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Truth : 4 PM – 6 PM Is NOT Only For COVID-19 Voters In GE15

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : GE15 Voting Hours Are Fixed On Election Day

First, let me establish some basic facts about the voting hours on GE15 – the 15th General Election.

Voting hours for GE15 are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, in Peninsular Malaysia, and from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM in Sabah and Sarawak.

As long as you get to the polling centre by those times, no one can deny you entry or the right to vote on election day, the 19th of November 2022.

That said, the SPR can gazette different closing times for different closing times for different polling centres, especially in the rural areas.

So please check the correct opening hours for your polling centre using this SPR link.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are Allowed To Vote

COVID-19 positive voters are not pariahs, but fellow citizens who just happened to be infected with COVID-19.

The SPR has stated that they have the same rights as other citizens in voting during the 15th general election.

They just have to follow some simple and common sense rules when they go to vote on 19 November 2022.

Read more : GE15 SOP + Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

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Fact #3 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are At ANY TIME

COVID-19 positive voters do NOT have to only vote from 4 PM to 6 PM, as some people are alleging.

They can go and vote at the official opening hours of their voting centre. If their voting centre opens at 7:30 AM, they can vote as early as 7:30 AM.

There are no restrictions on when COVID-19 positive voters can vote, as long as it is within the GE15 stipulated voting hours.

Fact #4 : 4 PM – 6 PM Are NOT Reserved For COVID-19 Positive Voters

There is no exclusive 4 PM to 6 PM time slot for COVID-19 positive voters, as some people are alleging.

All voters, even if they are not COVID-19 positive, can go and vote between 4 PM to 6 PM, as long as their voting centres are still open.

Some voting centres, especially in rural areas, may close early, so please refer to each voting centre’s official opening hours.

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Fact #5 : SPR Recommends COVID-19 Positive Voters To Come 2 Hours Before Closing

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) is merely recommending that COVID-19 positive voters come two hours before each centre’s closing time.

That means 4 PM to 6 PM for Peninsular Malaysia, and 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM for Sabah and Sarawak.

This is merely a RECOMMENDATION, and is NOT A REQUIREMENT. Just in case there’s any confusion, here is the official statement in Malay, and my English translation:

Pengundi positif COVID-19 digalakkan untuk keluar mengundi 2 jam sebelum tamat tempoh pengundian pusat mengundi masing-masing.

COVID-19 positive voters are encouraged to vote 2 hours before the end of voting at each voting centre.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are Given Priority At ALL TIMES

Whenever a COVID-19 positive voter turns up to vote, a Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) officer will escort him/her to the polling station.

Once at the polling station, the COVID-19 positive voter is given priority to vote first, to minimise exposure to other people waiting there.

This personal escort + voting priority is not limited to 4 PM to 6 PM, but throughout Election Day.

In fact, this system of escorting COVID-19 positive voters and giving them priority to vote first is only necessary because there is NO EXCLUSIVE TIME SLOT for them.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to suppress voter turnout in the 15th General Election.

Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please take the time and effort to cast your vote. This is not only your right, it is your responsibility as a citizen of Malaysia.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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