PENANG police received a total of 33 reports involving cases of names and identity cards being used by other individuals to vote in the 15th general election on Saturday.
Penang police chief Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said they have opened 28 investigation papers and no arrests have been made so far.
“The case is being investigated in accordance with section 7 of the Election Offences Act 1954, which is committing fraud and impersonation as voters.
“The offence carries a jail term of not more than two years and a fine of not more than RM5,000,” he told a media conference in George Town today.
He said those were among 76 reports received by Penang police during the two-week campaigning period.
Of the 76 reports, 43 investigation papers have been opened and with four cases successfully solved after four suspects were charged in court.
Shuhaily also said during the polls, police received reports regarding a video that went viral, involving a political party leader who touched on religious sensitivities.
He said a total of eight police reports were received regarding the viral video and it also involved reports in other states, namely three in Kuala Lumpur, two in Perak and one each in Pahang, Kelantan and Sabah.
“This case has been investigated by the Classified Crime Investigation Unit, Bukit Aman in accordance with section 4A(1) of the Election Offences Act 1954, section 298 of the penal code and section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said. – Bernama, November 23, 2022.