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    SPR: Electoral Reform - Indelible ink

    Electoral Reform
    Regulations on use of indelible ink on voters to be known Feb 1
    KUALA LUMPUR - Regulations on the use of indelible ink on voters for the coming 13th general election will be known on Feb 1.

    Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for Electoral Reforms, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the regulations were being drawn up and the ink content still being studied by the Chemistry Department and National Fatwa Council.

    "When completed, the regulations will be tabled in Parliament for approval to be enforced," he said after the sixth meeting of the PSC at parliament building, here, Thursday.

    Also present were Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

    Ongkili who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the new indelible ink was better than that proposed for the last general election in 2008, and he was confident there would be no problems arising.

    [QUOTE]Admin: What did they use in 2008? Was it some coloured solution which they paid RM 2.3M and then threw into the drain?[/QUOTE]

    "This ink has the same substance but is supposed to be an improvement over the suggested ink for the 2008 general election," he said.

    On Dec 3, the EC confirmed that indelible ink containing silver nitrate would be used in the coming general election after the PSC's request for this method to be used was agreed upon and passed by parliament.

    In cleaning up the electoral role, Ongkili said the EC today handed out compact discs with 42,051 dubious names of voters to the PSC members and political parties nationwide.

    "This is to enable the public and certain quarters to verify the individuals involved as the EC has for long, been looking for them."

    Resource - Bernama

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    In comes the indelible ink
    PUTRAJAYA - All voters, except postal voters, will be required to have their fingers marked with indelible ink when voting in the next general election.

    Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, who announced the decision, said the commission had agreed to several recommendations by the Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms, and the use of indelible ink was one of them.

    He said the ink, which contains silver nitrate, had been identified and sent to various departments for further testing to ensure it was safe.

    Holding court: Abdul Aziz (seated, centre) with EC deputy chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (seated, left) and EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Muhamad Baria at the press conference to announce the new measures to be adopted for the next general election. — Bernama

    These include the Chemistry Department, Department of Islamic Development (Jakim), National Fatwa Council and the Health Ministry.

    “We want to make sure the ink is not removable, and will stay on a person's finger for at least a few days,” Abdul Aziz said at a press conference yesterday.

    “We also want to make sure it does not affect the religious practices of Muslim voters,” he added, while mentioning that the ink has been used for Muslims in some countries.

    Abdul Aziz said that after the indelible ink requirement was implemented, there would not be any need for a biometric voter verification system.

    He noted that the use of the ink should prevent multiple voting.

    The EC had planned to use indelible ink in the 2008 general election and had spent RM2.4mil buying the ink but cancelled the move at the last minute, citing public order and security issues.

    The use of indelible ink is also a key demand of the Bersih coalition for electoral reforms.

    In the next general election, all military personnel and members of the General Operations Force, as well as their spouses, and the police force will vote two to three days before polling day.

    Those who are based away from their polling stations can apply to be postal voters.

    “The postal vote (system) is also open to Election Commission personnel who cannot vote on polling day,” said Abdul Aziz.
    While he did not give a time frame for all the reforms to take place, he indicated that they would all be in place by the next general election.

    Meanwhile in PENANG, committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said it was preparing 10 new proposals which would be tabled in Parliament in March.

    The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, who chaired a two-day public hearing which began yesterday, said the committee had earlier tabled the 10 proposals to Parliament, including the use of indelible ink.

    “I hope that after completing the public hearings at the end of January, we can begin preparing the summary of the 10 new proposals,” he told reporters during a break from the public hearing at Dewan Sri Pinang yesterday.

    He said the proposal paper for the second tabling would take time as there were many suggestions for which it was difficult to obtain a unanimous decision.

    Election Commission accepts parliamentary select committee's proposal for five changes

    Indelible ink

    Voters will have their fingers marked with the ink before they cast their ballot to prevent multiple voting.

    Early voting

    Military personnel and their spouses, members of the General Operations Force and their spouses, and the police force will vote two to three days earlier. Only those based away from their polling stations, including EC personnel, can apply to be postal voters.

    Objection period

    The EC is doing away with the one-hour objection period for candidates to raise objections. Unhappy candidates can seek legal recourse. Candidates cannot pull out once their nominations are accepted.

    Electoral rolls

    These will be displayed every quarter for two weeks instead of the current one week and the rolls will be constantly updated.

    Disabled voters

    They may be accompanied by a guardian or someone they trust. Now, only relatives are allowed to help them mark ballots.

    Resource : The Star

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    Indelible ink to be used for early and normal voting but not postal voting, Nazri.

    What has indelible ink which was gazatted in Feb 13, 2012 under the Conduct of Elections got to do with the proposed amendments to the Election Offences Act of 9th Apr 2012? They are totally separate issues and it is not necessary to connect them.

    Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:14

    Indelible ink will still be used during the 13th General Election

    Kuala Lumpur- Indelible ink will still be used during the 13th General Election despite the withdrawal of the Election Offences Act (Amendment) Bill 2012.

    Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the use of indelible ink was in line with the enforcement of Elections (Conduct Of Elections) (Amendment) 2012 which was gazetted on Feb 13 and came into force on Feb 15.

    "Indelible ink will be used during the early and actual voting days. "The exception would be for postal voters based on Rule 3 of the Election Regulations (Postal Voting) 2003," he stated in a written reply at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.

    He was responding to a question by Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka) on the use of indelible ink after the withdrawal of the Election Offences Act (Amendment) Bill 2012.

    The Bill was tabled on April 9 with the aim of improving the voting process which included extending the 50-metre exclusion zone from the polling centres to 100 metres.

    The Dewan Rakyat passed the Bill on April 19 but the government retracted it after reaching a consensus with the opposition and Election Commission. -- BernamaIndelible ink will still be used during the 13th General Election despite the withdrawal of the Election Offences Act (Amendment) Bill 2012.

    - New Straits Times

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    Forgive the EC, there are other bigger issues, says former chief

    JUNE 27, 2013

    Former Election Commission chief Tan Sri Rashid Abdul Rahman said the electoral body is very weak and that he is more concerned about structural issues like the government's monopoly of the mainstream media rather than the indelible ink fiasco.

    Rashid said the EC is weak because they do not have much power and should be forgiven for the indelible ink fiasco.

    He said the failure of the ‘indelible’ ink was not "intentional" and that it was the EC's first attempt to use it, at the recent General Election.

    "I was told that they had to reduce certain chemicals for health reasons and by doing that the ink became washable," Rashid said.

    He insisted that the usage of indelible ink was not something that could enhance democratic practices.

    "To me, it is not a big thing. It is one of those things that people want. "It is very procedural and does not help in the democratic process."

    What should be of more concern, Rashid said, is that there were missing components in the country's laws which could enhance the democratic process.

    "There are structural changes which should be introduced. They can strengthen the election process, which is what I support," he added.

    He said the control on usage of the mainstream media was one aspect that needed immediate attention.

    "This is a big issue. If only one party is allowed to campaign through a certain TV channel, then it is not good for the election process," he said.

    "Similarly, the monopoly of mainstream newspapers by the government to provide only pro-government news is not good."

    Without elaborating further, Rashid said changes needed to be made to curb corrupt and illegal practices.

    "People are getting wiser. They know what happens outside the country so they know when something is missing here."

    However, Rashid also took a swipe at the Government, saying that it was good that the Opposition was bringing up these issues in Parliament.
    "We will now see how they answer these questions," he added.
    The ink fiasco was confirmed in Parliament yesterday when Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim admitted that chemicals in the ink was replaced with food colouring.
    That was why it was easily washed off. - June 27, 2013.

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