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    Indelible Ink: Wan Ahmad missed the point on indelible ink

    Wan Ahmad missed the point on indelible ink

    [COLOR=#707070 !important]Alyaa Azhar
    | May 29, 2013
    Bersih's Maria Chin Abdullah said that the EC deputy chairman has missed the point of using indelible ink in the first place and because the ink did not last for seven days as assured, makes the EC accountable for it.
    PETALING JAYA: Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said that Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar has missed the whole point of using the indelible ink.

    He has missed the point about the usage of indelible ink and the ECs guarantee that the ink will last for seven days was proved otherwise.

    Therefore on that account, he must be held accountable, she said.

    The EC recently dismissed fraudulent allegations related to the usage of indelible ink during the general election.

    It is impossible for a voter to vote for the second time. There are no duplications in the electoral registration, said Wan Ahmad.

    Before the election, the EC had assured that the ink, when marked on a finger, will last for seven days to prevent double voting.

    However, reports of the ink coming off surfaced after advanced voters had their left index fingers inked.

    On April 30, several military personnel alleged that the ink could be removed within minutes after being applied.

    How can the EC assure us that advanced voters did not vote for a second time? queried Maria.

    Wan Ahmad explained that the quality of the ink does not affect a candidates victory or defeat in any election, as the names and identity numbers of the voters will be cancelled by the polling agents upon voting, thus dismissing any fears of phantom voters voting more than once.

    Of course the names get cancelled, but what about the postal voters? There is no list for the postal voters, we do not know who they are.

    Theres no guarantee that these people did not vote again. So this is not a matter of cancelling the names, she said.

    No accountability

    Maria also lambasted the EC for failing to use high quality indelible ink and failing to inform the people on the exact cost of the indelible ink.

    They did not get high quality ink, we dont know the exact cost of the ink and the EC did not even inform where the ink was from. Where is the accountability in this?

    Using the tax payers money as they like, and treating the public like kindergarten students, do they think that the public is stupid?

    Therefore, they have to face the consequences. The whole of EC, if they have the integrity, should resign, she said.

    On Wan Ahmad saying that they will not resign as the calls by the public for them to resign is based on slander, and will only resign if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong tells them to, she said: Anyone can resign from a job, you do not need the Agong to ask you to do that.

    If you think youve done something wrong, dont you think that you should resign, on your own free will?

    If I were to steal from the public, I would definitely resign, she said.

    Maria added that the government has been evasive in getting the EC to be an independent body.

    I dont think the government is dealing with the issue for the EC to be independent. The EC should be a body of its own, away from the government.

    It can receive support from the government, but it should not be attached to any ministerial department, she said.

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    EC to probe 'sabotage' in indelible ink fiasco
    1:21PM Jun 21, 2013

    The Election Commission (EC) has formed a special internal team to investigate if there were elements of sabotage in the usage of indelible ink during last months general election.

    EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (right) stated that the investigation is important to determine why the ink did not last long, and in fact could be easily removed from fingers.

    He was quoted in Berita Hariantoday saying that three commissioners will be given a month to investigate the matter.

    There are many forms of EC staff, and we do not know their intention. Hence, the need for an in-depth investigation to find the truth.

    Could the indelible ink not last long because of its quality or is it the fault of the EC officer who applied it or are there elements of sabotage? We are puzzled as to why the ink does not last long, he said.

    The indelible ink has been an issue of contention ever since claims first surfaced in late April that the ink applied to the fingers of postal and early voters who casted their votes could be easily washed off after several hours.

    Despite assurances by the EC that this was merely the result of the ink bottles not being shaken properly prior to application, the problem repeated on polling day May 5.

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