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Ambiga worried about whether your vote is really secret

Geraldine Tong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Former Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has raised concerns over whether one's vote in Malaysia is really secret after a personal encounter.

“When I was coming here this morning in my Uber, the young man who was driving said ‘what about the elections? I am a government servant and I have to vote for the ruling party’.

“He said ‘I have no choice because my vote is not secret’.

“So secrecy of the ballot is absolutely critical (to) provide safe space for people to vote freely,” she said at a function in Kuala Lumpur today.

She posed the concern as an audience member during the question-and-answer session of a panel titled "Securing Elections: Creating a Safe Environment" at a conference on the state of democracy in Southeast Asia.

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