The Election Commission is at it again: its official deny there could be any insecurity in the balloting in Malaysian elections as phantom voters/double voting have not been `proven’! There have been plenty of cases of voters who complained that their vote had been cast by someone else almost at every election/by-election! The inadequacy of details in the electoral rolls provide a cover for possible frauds eg there is no full address provided in the electoral rolls sold to the public-while the EC is keeping the rolls with full details. Why is the EC doing this? The splitting of polling stations into sizes of no more than 700 voters each is causing many poor candidates to be unable to pay enough polling and counting agents to provide sufficient monitoring of the polling process-thus allowing potential frauds to go undetected. The system is fraud prone as there are just too many gaps in its implementation where there is simply no bi-partisan monitoring. As it is clear now the biometric system is addressing a certain part of the polling process only-the integrity of the entire system is still questionable. It is not enough to throw some money to show `commitment’ towards free and fair elections-the system need to be overhauled with true political will to facilitate free and fair elections. That is certainly a commodity that is short now.
EC man says voting system secure, transparent
August 01, 2011
A man dips his finger in indelible ink after voting at a polling station in El Alto, during the Bolivian presidential election, January 25, 2009. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 — Despite a proposal for a biometric verification system to root out phantom voters, an Election Commission (EC) official today came out to defend the current voting system as transparent and secure.
EC public relations officer Sabri Said added that the commission had abandoned the use of indelible ink during the last national polls — despite having already purchased it in bulk — because its application may possibly deny voters from exercising their right to the ballot.
“Apart from security, the proposal was also found to be in conflict with Clause (1) Article 119 of the Federal Constitution, which guarantees the right of a registered voter to vote unless he is disqualified under the laws relating to elections,” Sabri said in a statement today.
The officer then said the EC viewed allegations of phantom and repeat voters seriously, hence the initial purchase of the indelible ink, but added that the phenomenon has yet to be proven.
Putrajaya agreed on July 23 to pay for a voter authentication system that will quell talk of phantom voters, a key demand of outlawed electoral reforms group Bersih 2.0.
When announcing the allocation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the system was one of the initiatives undertaken by the EC to ensure transparency in the country’s elections.
The proposal has been met with mixed response, with Bersih maintaining its demand for indelible ink to be used in the coming general election until the biometric proposal was fully fleshed out.