Did SPR use waxed paper ballots to skew early votes by soldiers in GE15?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Waxed GE15 Ballots Used To Skew Early Votes!
This warning has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) used waxed paper ballots to skew early votes by soldiers in GE15!
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Just recently in Sabah, soldiers who have voted early, revealed that, next to the Pakatan Harapan (eye logo) where they draw the “X” was slippery, as if the area was printed with a layer of wax, making the “X” difficult to stick/draw on the ballot paper. So when you do find your ballot paper is like the above mentioned…. request Kerani 3 to replace with a new ballot paper. Everyone be alert & careful!! Remind others too to watch out. Do the necessary to make your vote valid!!
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Truth : No Waxed GE15 Ballots Were Used To Skew Early Votes!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Pakatan Harapan Does Not Use Eye Logo
The viral message falsely claimed that Pakatan Harapan uses the eye logo.
Pakatan Harapan’s logo is the word Harapan in white, with a stylised arrow replacing the middle A, on a red background.
The eye logo is actually used by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) because it symbolises the black eye their leader, Anwar Ibrahim received in 1998.
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Fact #2 : PKR Candidates Use PH Logo In Sabah
In October 2022, Anwar Ibrahim stated that Pakatan Harapan member parties will use the red PH logo in Peninsular Malaysia, but leave it to Sabah and Sarawak party leaders to decide whether to use the same logo, or their individual party logos.
However, PKR Sabah chose to use the Pakatan Harapan logo for their candidates. That means the ballot papers for Sabah will show the Pakatan Harapan logo for PKR candidates, as the candidate and logo list for P.167 (Kudat) below shows.
Therefore, it is impossible for any Sabah ballot paper to feature the “eye logo” which is only used by PKR, and not Pakatan Harapan.
In short – the claim that soldiers in Sabah found it hard to vote for Pakatan Harapan / PKR candidates there is false.
Fact #3 : Early Voters Vote Based On Their Own Constituency
Like postal voters, early voters do not vote according to their current location, but according to their constituencies.
That means soldiers in Sabah will vote for their hometown constituencies, unless they opt to change to a different constituency.
Again, this confirms the viral message is lying – the Pakatan Harapan candidates would be using the red PH logo, and not the PKR eye logo.
Fact #4 : Ballpoint Pen + Pencils Have Hard Nibs
The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) will provide either a ballpoint pen or a pencil in voting booths for your use. You can also bring your own ballpoint pen or pencil.
But unless you intentionally bring your own soft felt tip pen to mark your vote, you will have no problem marking your vote even if the ballot paper was waxed.
That’s because ballpoint pens and pencils have hard nibs, that will scratch through any waxy surface to make a mark on the paper below.
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Fact #5 : No Report Of Waxed Ballot Papers
Early voting in Malaysia was conducted on Tuesday, 15 November 2022. Yet, there has been no report of waxed ballot papers being used in any early voting.
Even if the government was covering up any official reports, police officers and military personnel who encountered such ballot papers would have complained about it on social media, if not to the media.
Fact #6 : Improper Paper Ballots Can Be Exchanged
In the event you encounter any issue with your ballot paper – whether you believe it was tampered with, or was marked in advance, you can complain to the SPR officer in charge of the polling station.
If the SPR officer confirms that there is a problem with the paper ballots, you will receive replacement ballots
Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media.
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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