Thais in Singapore can vote in their 3 July general election without having to return home. All they have to do is turn up at the Thai embassy in Singapore.
Similarly, Australians living abroad can vote at their nearest embassy – without having to pre-register at the embassy. (Their initial registration in Australia suffices.)
When will ordinary Malaysians residing abroad (apart from diplomatic staff and security personnel – and students?) be allowed to vote? Instead our “postal ballots” are mainly used for security personnel residing within Malaysia and Election Commission officials on duty.
This report from Channel News Asia
Thais in Singapore cast their votes
20 June 2011 1553 hrs (SST)
SINGAPORE: The Thailand embassy in Singapore said over the next four days some 10,500 voters are expected to vote for their Member of Parliament, as well as a representative from the party list at the Royal Thai Embassy.
That’s not even one per cent of the entire voting population of 47.3 million.
But Singapore has the highest number of overseas voters, followed by Taipei and Los Angeles.
And, Thais Channel NewsAsia spoke to said it’s important that they exercise their right to vote.
A lady said: “I think what we’re looking forward to is peace. We want everyone to be peaceful. I want peace back in Bangkok. And I want to see economy grow because we’ve been facing a lot of trouble for the past few years due to the protests and everything.
So if we can make this vote as effective as possible then I think everybody should accept the majority of the people’s decision.”
Thailand will hold its general election on July 3 but overseas voting has already begun and must be completed by June 25. – CNA/ck