Must you print your voting details, and only vote at specific times, 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 Print Your Details + Vote At Specific Times On GE15!
People are sharing screenshots of GE15 voting details, together with warnings that Malaysian voters must print them out, and come at specific times to vote.
Truth : You Don’t Need To Print Details / Vote At Specific Times On GE15!
These are just more examples of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : These Are Not New SPR Rules
The Malaysian Parliament and Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) made a few changes since the last election:
- voting age has been reduced from 21 to 18
- automatic voter registration means all Malaysians age 18 and above are eligible to vote
- postal voting for all overseas Malaysians, instead of the police and military
Other than those few changes, there have been no changes to how the general election works in Malaysia.
Fact #2 : You Are Not Required To Print Anything
The SPR website allows you to check your voting details, so you know where to go on election day – 19 November 2022.
It also gives you other useful information, like your Saluran (voting channel) and the Bilangan (Count – basically, your voting number).
However, there is NO REQUIREMENT to print anything. You will be allowed in to vote, even if you do not print your voting details. Just make sure you bring your MyKad!
Fact #3 : You Are Not Required To Note Your Saluran / Bilangan
At the bottom of this section, the SPR asks everyone to note their Saluran and Bilangan numbers, and bring them to the voting centre (with my translation in English).
However, you will NOT be turned away if you did not print anything, or even bother to remember your Channel and Count numbers.
Noting the Channel and Count numbers will simply help election officials quickly locate you on the voting list, speeding up the process.
Help them speed up the process – note down and tell them your Saluran (Channel) and Bilangan (Count) numbers, so more voters can quickly vote on election day!
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Fact #4 : Voting Hours Are Fixed From 8 AM to 6 PM
The fake news falsely claimed that people are only allowed to vote from 8 AM to 10 AM in the morning, and from 2 PM to 4 PM in the afternoon.
The voting hours for the GE15 general election in Malaysia are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, on 19 November 2022.
Fact #5 : 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).
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 recommend 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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Fact #6 : You Are Allowed To Bring Your Phone
Malaysians love to post selfies or photos showing that they have done their duty, and voted in the general election.
Even though former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad (belatedly) asked the SPR to ban people from bringing their phones to the polling centre, there is no such phone ban.
You are still allowed to bring your phone to the polling centre on the GE15 election day.
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