Must You Follow Specific Voting Time On GE15?!

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!

New rules from SPR to make it did to vote this GE15. You need to print out your details from SPR website. You are only allowed to vote 8am to 10am for morning n 2pm to 4pm. Even though it is stated voting time is 10 hours, the guards will not allow people in from 10am to 1pm n voting centers will close 4pm sharp. This is a cheating method for UMNO to win. Make sure you have a given number in your details. Those without number will not be allowed in. Plus no handphone allowed. Please make police reports. This is the biggest scam from SPR.

Check your voting time. It’s not d same like before where you can go anytime. Because of Covid, you are given your voting time. If one don’t follow d voting time given might not be allow to go in d voting hall to cast their vote.

They didn’t announce it. Another dirty move. 😡 Pls share with friends n relatives.

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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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Recommended Time To Vote

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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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