200 M'sians to vote at consulate office in New York

About 200 Malaysians residing in the eastern side of the United States will cast their votes for the 13th General Election at the Malaysian Consulate office in New York on Sunday.

Malaysian Consul-General in New York Syed Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman said from the total, about 150 were postal voters as they were Malaysians who fulfilled the conditions to vote overseas.

The balance were absent-voters who comprised government employees working in New York, as well as their spouses and students at several universities here, he told Bernama when met here on Friday.

He said various preparations were made to ensure the balloting proceeded smoothly, and two voting counters would be open from 9am to 5pm.

"A team of 10 personnel, including officers of the consulate office and the office of the Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) will be on duty on polling day, apart from being observed by several observers representing political parties," added Syed Bakri.

The Consul-General's Office is located in a government-owned building which also houses several government departments, including the offices of the Permanent Pepresentative to the UN, Matrade, Mida and immigration.

The main hall of the building had been turned into a balloting place, said Syed Bakri.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the Malaysian Embassy in Washington DC was also busy with preparations since last week, to enable eligible Malaysians to cast their vote.

About 20 embassy employees will be on duty on polling day to monitor about 250 people voting at the embassy.

- Bernama