Wednesday polling most frustrating for voters

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Traffic jams on eve of polling day 2018

From the conversations being shared by the voters forming long lines, JD Lovrenciear believes their frustrations will be reflected in their votes.

The Electoral Commission’s decision to hold this general election mid-week has already made many voters angry.

Thousands of vehicles formed long snaking queues on many highways. And having had to leave home in the wee hours of the morning did not give added advantage either given the volume of voters on the road as many travelled out-of-town to cast their ballots.

And having reached polling stations, you end up standing in long queues for hours too.

Then comes the horrendous journey back – for the next day is a working day.

This is a clear case of compromised decision-making by the Electoral Commission.

Knowing too well that thousands of Malaysians have to go back to their home towns to vote, why could they not have given Malaysians more time to exercise their precious constitutional right by fixing polling day on a Saturday?

Mind you, I left KL at 3.30 am. Arrived at Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands at 8am. And there is already a 100-metre queue at the polling station.

Many Malaysians suspect a diabolical intention to discourage a high voter turnout. That may be just a perception but it was entrenched when a mid-week polling date was fixed.

Whatever counter arguments the Electoral Commission may postulate, from the conversations being shared by the voters forming long lines, I believe their frustrations will be reflected in their votes..

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It seems to me that the electoral system here in Malaysia is in need of a serious overall.
“First past the post” has long been discarded as disenfranchising significant groups in more progressive countries like New Zealand which uses a Mixed Member system.
The idea that people must return to some part of the country they are now strangers to is even more bewildering. Someone who lived at an address when they were issued their IC has to return to that location to vote seems inane. It seems much more logical and beneficial for a person to vote in a seat in which they live and work and bring up kids etc. Why vote for a person you are not familiar with and is unlikely to be able to represent a person in Parliament or a state assembly?