Cops and armed forces staff cast postal ballots

The Star: March 4, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Police and armed forces personnel and their spouses nationwide started casting their postal votes for the general election.
Members from both sides of the political divide were present to observe the balloting process in the respective areas.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan yesterday led about 4,000 officers and men in voting at Bukit Aman.
“We have some 83,000 registered voters in the police force who will be casting their votes at districts and contingents nationwide.
“We allowed agents of parties contesting in the general election to witness the voting process in all places.”
There are 135,682 voters in the armed forces, including 24,091 who are their spouses, as of Dec 31 last year.
Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal said the 492 soldiers on United Nation missions in various countries were also eligible for postal votes.
He said the armed forces had set up an operations centre in Mindef.
Armed forces staff were reminded not to attend ceramah and other political activities during the campaigning period, said Abdul Aziz.
In Perak, incumbent Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran of the DAP was present to monitor the balloting.
He said policemen and soldiers had limited time to decide before voting.
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