Archive for January, 2010

The results of students election using e-voting has been disputed by many students in the campus for good reasons: e-voting has been shown -no less on Fox news, to be easily tempered, see a news clip above. The best practice is to ensure that there is a paper trial for confirming the counting using computer ie when there is a dispute the votes can be recounted manually to dispel any doubts. But this might not have been done in the UM election-thus justifiably aroused disputes by the students.

Another source of trouble is: there is no observers allowed into the election operation to ensure integrity of the administrators and the election process. Where there is no effective check and balance what could happen will likely to happen, or at least seen to have happened! This is a trouble invited by the UM authority who refused to make the elections transparent and worst, choose to be partisan in supporting 1 side of the elections, as alleged by some students!

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Is Malaysia ready for e-voting?
Electronic-voting or e-voting has been implemented in campus elections since 2004. Hemananthani Sivanandam looks at whether it should be expanded to cover national elections.

THOUGH e-voting has been successfully implemented in some countries such as the United States, Europe and even in parts of India, issues of trust, integrity and infrastructure must be addressed before Malaysia can do the same, say analysts.


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EC consider the current postal voting as a form of early voting-and may want to take out the stigma associated with current postal voting by expanding those eligible for postal/early voting to many more career groups. But will the early voting be following the current non-transparent administration of postal voting? The issue is not whether it is early voting/multiple day polling-but whether the process is transparent and open to full scrutiny by all parties-including observers!

Ong BK

EC studying early voting system


KUALA LUMPUR, Sat: An early voting system, also known as advance voting, that allows voters to cast their votes earlier, and a two-day cooling off period before polling, may be implemented the country.
Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the commission was studying both systems that were being used in several countries like Thailand and Indonesia.

According to him, the focus of the EC was to replace postal voting system, which, in essence, was as a form of early voting.

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4.4m eligible voters yet to register

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 18 — Some 28 per cent or 4.39 million Malaysians over the age of 21 have yet to register as voters as of end of last year, Election Commission (EC) Deputy Chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said.

Of the total, Selangor has the highest number at 787,000 followed by Johor (605,000), Perak (526,000) and Sarawak (473,000).

“Most of them, or about 65 per cent, are Malays and Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak.

“From the registration forms we received recently, we found that more non-Bumiputera youths registering themselves as voters,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Until the end of last year, there were 11.08 electorates in the country compared to the number of those aged 21 and above, which was 15.47 million, he said.

Wan Ahmad said the EC would seek the cooperation of non-governmental organisations, youth organisations or those organising events involving the attendance of a huge number of people, to inform the EC so that it could open voter registration counters.

“They can just contact us and inform us about their events. The EC will be very happy to open a counter there,” he said.

He also said that the EC would intensify efforts to register voters by putting up counters at shopping malls, participating in meet-the-client sessions organised by departments, going into the rural areas and appointing deputy registrars among political parties to register those qualified to be registered.

The public could also register as voters at 700 post offices nationwide, he said. The EC would also seek the cooperation from the electronic media to encourage the public to register as voters, he added.

He attributed the situation to the attitude of the public who prefer to wait until the very last minute before registering as voters.

“Each time there is a general election, the EC receives at least a million application forms; so imagine the burden of certifying these applications within one or two months.

“When they cannot be registered on time, they blame the EC, when in fact they can register as voters throughout the year.

“The people should be aware that our election system practices a simple majority victory. A candidate can win even by a margin of one vote; so the voters have a huge responsibility in determining the future of our country,” he said. — Bernama

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Some time back SPR’s `observers’ to the uzbekistan elections pronounced the elections there `free and fair’ after only observing the voting process-and not the entire elections. Actually the EU only sent a partial team of observers there as though to tell the world that they are closing a eye on this elections without Opposition. Now you know what it means when SPR who don’t practice free and fair elections, pronounce an election free and fair by its standards!

Ong BK

Apathy and fear as Uzbekistan votes in election

TASHKENT, Dec 27 — Uzbekistan held a staged-managed parliamentary election on Sunday, drawing little Western criticism due to its key role in efforts to contain the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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