Penang cops receive 20 reports of identity theft during polls

Penang police open 20 investigation papers regarding identity theft during the state polls under Section 7 of the Election Offences Act 1954. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 15, 2023.

PENANG police received 20 police reports regarding the misuse of identity cards on polling day.

Penang police chief Khaw Kok Chin said police opened 20 investigation papers regarding the incidents under Section 7 of the Election Offences Act 1954.

“The situation led to 20 individuals not being allowed by the Election Commission (EC) to vote on Saturday after their identity cards were used by other parties.

“Investigations are ongoing,” he told a press conference in George Town today.

Khaw also said that throughout the state election campaign beginning July 29, Penang police received 87 reports involving various offences.

He said from these, police are investigating 42 cases and opened two inquiry papers, all of which are still under further investigation, adding that there have been no arrests made so far. – Bernama, August 15, 2023.

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