Wanita keADILan had pre-empted the possible occurrence of irregularities during the Batu Talam by-election through my statement on the 24th January 2007
TPM was also given my stern warning during the press conference emphasising that WANITA KeADILan will be monitoring the voter turnout on polling day very very closely. We also reiterated that we believe completely in the process of democracy and that we will go to all extent legal in ensuring it.
On 28th January 2007, Wanita keADILan sent 12 teams to Batu Talam one for each polling station to observe the election process and observe they did.- like a hawk !!!
We made sure that at least three volunteers guarded the entrance of the polling stations, never left it unguarded even for a moment and counted each and every voter entering the station without fail. They were also equipped with video cameras, cameras and note books or clickers for counting. Lo and Behold, what entailed were clear evidences of numerous irregularities (backed by clear photos, videos and further research). Possible irregularities could be due to the complete absence of election machinery of the independent candidate and the considerable unwarranted aggressiveness of Umno-BN campaign tactics.
( Some of our observations were also reiterated by MAFREL (their comments in Malaysiakini.com: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/62760). There was risk that where MAFREL made its visit, SPR would be on guard.)
There were the usual comings and goings of unauthorised persons into polling areas. There were clear attempt to intimidate voters, observers and passers-by by photographers who position themselves all day long to record people and faces. Ferrying of voters were common occurring, but escorting them into the polling station which is illegal according to our election laws, nevertheless happened throughout the voting day. BN went all out to ensure voters turnout to vote. Somehow BN had to ensure that the percentage of voter turnout will be in their favour. This activity was most notable at Polling Station Hulu Sungai where many Orang Asli who had never voted before came to vote in various types of car. One of our observers saw one of them got sick and threw out his stomach contents. Could it be that he was sick to his stomach of BN’s drumming their campaign into his ears while he was being ferried to the polling station?
Some BN election workers thronging the streets on polling day
One of the BN election workers who freely went in and out of the polling station.
Her colleague admitted to one of our observers that they were a group who was sent by
their bosses to “take care “ of the polling station here.
BN cars used to transport voters. Symbols of any sort are forbidden on polling day.