Please warn everyone – every postal vote requires a Malaysian adult as a witness!
Every Postal Vote Requires Malaysian Adult Witness!
If you are an overseas Malaysian who already signed up for the postal vote, you can’t just fill it and mail it back.
The postal ballot is accompanied by a Borang 2 that must be signed by a witness who must be a Malaysian citizen who is 18 years or older.
As you can tell – not every overseas Malaysian will be able to locate another Malaysian adult to act as a witness.
Without a properly completed Borang 2, your postal vote will be null and void. So please make sure you can get another Malaysian adult to act as your witness.
The Global Bersih team has appealed to the Election Commission (SPR) to remove such an onerous requirement, but as of now – the requirement remains.
Read more : How To Register For Postal Vote In Malaysia!
Global Bersih Initiative To Meet Borang 2 Voting Requirement
To help overseas Malaysians find a suitable witness for Borang 2, the Global Bersih team has created a coordination form.
This is for overseas Malaysians who are willing to coordinate and assist other Malaysians to meet the Borang 2 witness requirement.
You must be willing to leave your name and a minimum of one method by which other Malaysians can contact you to obtain your signature as a witness for their Borang 2.
The Global Bersih team will only share this information on their official social media after the Election Commission (SPR) finalises its regulations for postal voting in GE15.
The Global Bersih team is also coordinating other forms of assistance to overseas Malaysians, and need volunteers to help out with those efforts. So if you can help, please register at https://bit.ly/ge15volunteers.
Read more : Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!
Postal Vote Process For Overseas Malaysians
Here is a quick summary of the postal vote process for overseas Malaysians who have already registered for postal voting.
For the full version, please see Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!
Step 1 : The Election Commission (SPR) to mail you the postal vote kit after the election candidates are formally named.
Step 2 : The postal vote kit comes in a brown envelope labelled “Urusan Sri Paduka Baginda“. Once you open it up, you should find two envelopes:
White Envelope (Sampul B) containing:
- 1 x white envelope labelled “A – Parliamen” with ballot paper inside
- 1 x white Borang 2
Pink / Orange Envelope (Sampul B) – this is only for Pahang, Perlis, Perak and Bugaya (Sabah)
- 1 x pink / orange envelope labelled “A – Negeri” with ballot paper inside
- 1 x pink Borang 2
Step 3 : Before you mark the ballots, get another Malaysian citizen who is 18 years or older to act as a witness.
He/she will need to compare the serial numbers of the voting ballots with those on the envelopes, and confirm that they are the same.
Step 4 : The witness must then fill in and sign both Borang 2 forms, which you then completed with your information.
Step 5 : Vote for your preferred Parliament candidate by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.
Step 6 : Fold the Parliament ballot, and put it into the white Sampul A envelope marked Parliamen (Parliament), and seal the envelope with glue.
Step 7 : Fold the completed white Borang 2, and put it into the white Sampul B envelope, together with the white Sampul A (Parliamen) envelope. Seal the white Sampul B envelope with glue.
Step 8 : Vote for your preferred State Assembly candidate by marking the ballot with an X using a pen.
Step 9 : Fold the State ballot, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul A envelope marked Negeri (State), and seal the envelope with glue.
Step 10 : Fold the completed pink Borang 2, and put it into the pink / orange Sampul B envelope, together with the pink / orange Sampul A (Negeri) envelope. Seal the pink / orange Sampul B envelope with glue.
Step 11 : You must now mail the two Sampul Surat B (which have a pre-printed address) to Malaysia using regular mail service or courier service, but at your own cost. You can combine them in a single envelope to save cost.
Alternatively, you can travel back to Malaysia and place the voting ballots into the ballot box at the office of the returning officer.
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