By the look of it electoral mal-administration or `bad referee’ can be a potent election issue for the coming 13th General Elections! The continuous expose of electoral irregularities can put the EC and the BN behind it on the back foot. The Home Minister who administer the National Registration Department was forced to answer the serious issue of tempering of the costly biometric system which has been suggested by BN to be used for voter identification as a means to weed out phantom voters/multiple voting. Hishamuddin said the tempering involved a minority cases/small scale-but could not refute the doubt that start in the public mind that tempering is possible-and, in the hand of willing hands, unstoppable!
Then the Opposition threaten to bring a suit against the EC for instantaneous amendment of the electoral rolls in response to expose of faults in the roll. The rolls need to be gazetted before it can be used as official rolls. This open the question if the amended rolls were gazetted within the short time from when the expose were made! In fact the law on it is quite stringent: since 2000 the laws had been amended to disallow gazetted electoral rolls to be challenged let alone amended on the spot! The amendment was to stop legal challenges to the electoral rolls-which was found to contain illegal voters in the Likas election in Sabah. While the intention to stop legal challenge is dodgy by itself the law is a law once it had been gazetted! So: is the amendment meant to trap Opposition has now come back to haunt the EC itself?
There are more issues which are bound to come out as the badly prepared electoral rolls had left the footsteps of all previous organised migration of voters which lead to the criticisms of phantom voters ie voters who are moved to other constituencies to advantage/disadvantage certain candidates. It only takes some deligent combing of the past electoral rolls to unearth all the hanky panky that took place before! With so many ex-BN activists joining PR it is not going to take any accident to bump into someone who were involved in the voters migration for BN before! So: the EC want the proves of phantom voters. Now the proves may soon be found in all the media who will be competing to knock on the doors of the identified phantoms!