By FARIK ZOLKEPLI, ELWEEN LOKE and FLORENCE A.SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Police and navy personnel nationwide became the inaugural batch of advance voters who used indelible ink for the first time.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar led the way by being among the first to cast his vote, as policemen all over the country cast their votes at police contingents nationwide.
Starting from 8.30am, excited policemen lined up in Bukit Aman's Mass Hall and Dewan Perkep.
Ismail, when met after casting his vote, said the police were honoured to be part of history in using the indelible ink.
"Even I had to follow procedure in casting my vote.
"If not, the IGP would have been turned away," he joked.
Over in LUMUT, 12,766 Royal Malaysian Navy personnel cast their ballots at the polling station in SMK TLDM at the base here.
Their votes will go to the Lumut parliamentary seat, which is contested by Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and PKR's First Admiral (R) Mohd Imran Abdulk Hamid.
Navy men are also voting for the Pangkor state seat, where Barisan's Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, PKR's Mohd Saifullah Mohd Zulfilfi and independent P. Bernard are in a three-cornered fight.
Kong, First Admiral (R) Mohd Imran and Mohd Saifullah were also present at the centre in the morning.
Meanwhile, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the advanced voting process was proceeding smoothly with 59,194 security forces and spouses having cast their vote by 11am Tuesday.
"I have visited the Pulapol training centre in Jalan Semarak and here at the Wardieburn Camp and am pleased.
"This is the first time that the EC has introduced advanced voting and am very satisfied with the smooth process," he said.
Abdul Aziz said 272,387 policemen; army personnel and general operations force and their spouses were registered as advanced voters.
Of the figure, 36,561 were registered as postal voters.
"In total, 235,826 will cast their votes as advanced voters," he added.
On overseas postal votes, Abdul Aziz said 6,092 of the 8,756 registered citizens or 69,82% had cast their votes at 100 missions worldwide on Sunday. Three missions had no voters.
"The remaining ballots are still at the missions. We urge Malaysians who have yet to vote to collect their ballot papers," he said.
He said voters that the onus was on them to ensure the papers reached the returning officers at the respective constituencies on time as the deadline to do so via the missions was on Sunday.
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