Must you follow a specific voting time at the upcoming GE15 Malaysia general election?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : You Must Follow Specific Voting Time On GE15!
People are sharing two viral messages about following a specific voting time during the 15th Malaysia general election – GE15!
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Truth : You Don’t Need To Follow Specific Voting Time On GE15!
These are just more examples of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : GE15 Voting Hours Are Fixed On Election Day
The fake news falsely claimed that people are only allowed to vote at a specific time given by the SPR, for example from 8 AM to 10 AM in the morning, or from 2 PM to 4 PM in the afternoon.
The voting hours for GE15 – the 15th general election in Malaysia are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, in Peninsular Malaysia, and from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM in Sabah and Sarawak.
No one can deny you the right to vote between those official polling hours 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 : Recommended Voting Hours Are A Suggestion, Not Rule
People may be confused by the SPR listing (in bold red colour, no less!) the recommended voting time (with my translation in English).
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The recommended 2-hour period varies from person to person, and is merely a suggestion, not a rule. You do NOT have to follow the recommended voting hours.
The recommended voting time appears to be SPR’s attempt to minimise crowding by spacing voters out into 2 hour slots. It is up to you to follow their recommendation, or come whenever it’s convenient.
However, to avoid missing out on the opportunity to vote on GE15, please come at least an hour or two before the 6 PM deadline!
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