A total of 18 international observers, invited by the Election Commission (EC) to witness the 13th General Election (GE13) in process, began monitoring at several polling centres since early this morning.
Twelve members of the group, comprising three from Cambodia and nine
from Thailand, were accompanied by EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed
Baria to monitor the balloting process at several polling centres in
In the afternoon, they will be taken to the vote-counting centre in Putrajaya.
The group, when met at the Gombak parliamentary polling centre in
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Gombak, described the GE13 proceeding
as cordial and transparent.
Election Committee of Thailand chairman Apichart Sukhagganound said the
move to introduce indelible ink by EC in GE13 was the best measure to
ensure transparency in the balloting process.
"We don't have this in Thailand. I think it is a very good method," he said as he tried using the indelible ink.
Meanwhile, Cambodian National Election Committee deputy director Dr Sin
Chum Bo praised the well-organised proceeding at the Gombak
parliamentary polling centre.
"Outside, you have stations where people check their names to know
where their polling station is. Inside, everything is very
well-organised, people know what to do and you have very nice facilities
for old people to allow them to exercise their right to vote," she
Thai Election Committee Commissioner Wisuth Pothiteon is overwhelmed by Malaysians taking an active role in GE13.
"Voters here are very active, I can see long queues and people are very
energetic to vote. It is a nice environment," he commented.
Kamaruddin, when met by Bernama, said the presence of international
observers indicated EC's transparency in managing the election, adding
that it was not afraid of facing any form of monitoring such as this.
The international observers are expected to visit two more polling
centres in Titiwangsa and Setiawangsa, before going to Putrajaya to
witness the counting of votes this evening.
Apart from Cambodia and Thailand, another group comprising observers
from Indonesia, Myanmar and two Asean secretariat representatives are
also monitoring the polls.
The EC also appointed 1,200 local observers from 17 non-governmental
organisations for GE13 to ensure the integrity of the GE13 process.