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Chong Eng gets bigger majority after EC makes correction
By : Melissa Darlyne Chow
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GEORGE TOWN, Tues:
The Penang Election Commission today rectified an error in the counting of votes for the Bukit Mertajam parliamentary seat.
Chong Eng, who had initially garnered a majority of 5,767 votes on Saturday night, has now won by a majority of 25,897.
When asked about the discrepancy, Chong, who defeated MCA's Ong Tang Chuan, said the EC committed the error by switching her results with that of Ong.
The results of seven polling centres, which were supposed to be in her favour, were instead put in Ong's favour.
Chong had received a total of 37,882 votes compared to Ong's 11,985. The results were handed to her by the state EC.
When contacted, State EC director Ahmad Shafee declined comment on the matter.
It was earlier reported that Chong Eng had retained her seat with 27,817 votes while Ong received 22,050.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?? 20,130 VOTES SWITCHED? IT ISN'T AS IF THEY GOT CONFUSED WITH 'ONG' AND 'CHONG', FOR GOODNESS' SAKE BECAUSE PARTY SYMBOLS WERE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT PAPERS. IT MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT THE MISSING BALLOT BOX THAT TURNED UP HOURS AFTER IT WAS LOST AND CONTAINED MOSTLY BN VOTES (SANDAKAN CONSTITUENCY), THE EXTRA POSTAL VOTES RECEIVED WITH MOSTLY BN VOTES COMPARED TO THE NUMBER IN THE ELECTORAL ROLL (TANJONG PAPAT & ELOPURA IN TAWAU) AND THE ELECTION COMMITTEE'S REFUSAL TO RECOUNT OPPOSITION VOTES??