Today is early voting day for police, military personnel and their spouses.
And the big question now is, do these voters feel free to vote according to their conscience – especially after certain chiefs and veterans groups came out to say military personnel should feel free to exercise their right to vote according to their preference.
A polling agent from PKR told me the atmosphere at the TUDM polling centre in Teluk Air Tawar in Butterworth, where there are some 2,500 early voters, seemed relaxed and free of any undue influence. Senior officers cast their votes and left the centre soon after, he said.
Will the winds of change sweeping over the nation affect the early votes? Given the trend in previous elections when such votes went overwhelmingly to BN, if PH can get anything over a third of these votes, it would be a big plus in its favour.