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Fraud claims mar Malaysia vote

Sunday, May 05, 2013 - 01:14

May 5 - Malaysia's tight general election wraps up amid controversy as the opposition leader's daughter is briefly turned away from a polling inspection. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Malaysia's closest general election in 50 years is closing amid allegations of fraud. Polling officials prompted outcry when they blocked opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, from entering a polling station to inspect the process. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAUGHTER OF ANWAR IBRAHIM AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, NURUL IZZAH ANWAR, SAYING: "The agents of the candidate and the candidate can enter any polling centre, polling schools. So I'm very shocked, of course, aghast." The MP was eventually allowed in to cheers from the crowd outside. She said she was visiting this particular station in Kuala Lumpur to investigate reports of "dubious" voters casting ballots here. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAUGHTER OF ANWAR IBRAHIM AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, NURUL IZZAH ANWAR, SAYING: "I'm going to, of course, inspect and speak to my polling agents to make sure there are no discrepancies, there's no fraudulent practices, because we've heard that foreign workers are being allowed in … The opposition has accused the ruling coalition of bribery and flying thousands of questionable voters across the country to cast ballots. The government says it was merely helping voters return to their home towns. The tight race could further reduce the coalition majority of the Barisan Nasional party, in power for 56 years, and lead to street protests if the opposition challenges the result.

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Fraud claims mar Malaysia vote

Sunday, May 05, 2013 - 01:14