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    Friday, 28 June 2013 09:26RM7mil for 'food-dye'? EC told to explain cost of 'indelible' ink

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    The Election Commission (EC) has to explain the RM7.1 million spent for the "delible" ink used for the polls in May and disclose the suppliers, who mixed food colouring with the ink.

    Anthony Loke Siew Fook (Seremban-DAP) said for the 12th General Election in 2008, the EC spent RM2.4 million for the indelible ink, although it was not used for the polls. He then questioned the cost of the indelible ink which was used during the recent elections.

    He said in 2013, there was a 20% increase in voters from 2008, but the cost of the indelible ink "increased 30%" from 2008.

    "There was 10,922,139 voters in 2008 while in 2013 there was 13,268,002. Why then did the cost of the ink increase three-times more?" he said.

    Loke also compared the RM7.1 million spent in Malaysia to the RM2.8 million spent for the indelible ink used in the Cambodian general election.

    "The number of voters in Malaysia this year was 13 million while Cambodia has over nine million voters," he told a press conference today.

    Loke also said that the EC should stop protecting the supplier of the ink and disclose the details to Parliament.

    Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (Kuala Krai-PAS) told reporters that the government should take action against the supplier of the indelible ink over its failure.

    He proposed that the leftover ink should not be used in the upcoming Kuala Besut by-election, adding that the government should change the supplier of the ink.

    Earlier Tian Chua (Batu-PKR) told reporters that the EC should resign as they had "committed a crime" by not having the indelible ink according to the specification of Parliament.

    "Nobody has the right to change it to food colouring or reducing the silver nitrate content in the ink.

    "I don't think it's the supplier's fault. It is the government's order. If they order food colouring then that is what they would get," he said.

    - theSundaily


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    Is EC's Wan Ahmad calling Minister in the PM's Dept a LIAR?

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    The controversy surrounding the 'indelible' ink used by the Election Commission on voters' fingers in the recent general election looks set to continue as the commission and two cabinet ministers came out with contrasting explanations.

    EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar today denied a parliamentary reply by minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim that the ink did not contain silver nitrate, the ingredient needed to make it stay on the skin.

    “There is indeed silver nitrate," Ahmad was quoted by Malay Mail online as saying. "It’s just that the EC is currently investigating the level of silver nitrate that was used by our supplier when the consignment bottles were sent to us.”

    You don't test the ink after the elections. You test it before with open life trials. This is nothing new. It is part of the UNDP Guidelines on Elections and was published in the press or online.

    Even as he tried to convince the public, UMNO secretary general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, now the Federal Territories minister, said there was no need for indelible ink because "Malaysia is not a third world country".

    Shahidan yesterday claimed there was no chemical ingredient, only food colouring, in the ink, which was purchased by the government at RM7.1 million for the recent election.

    "The durability of the ink is subject to individuals and the efforts taken to wipe off the ink. The test conducted by EC on May 2, 2013 had proved that the ink would last," the former Perlis Menteri Besar said.

    The discovery that the ink could be washed off from one's skin started during the advance voting stage after voters showed how the ink could be removed, contradicting EC’s earlier claim that it would last for seven days.

    Following a public uproar, EC then held a public demonstration on May 2 to prove that ink could last, with its secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria washing his finger several times for the camera.

    However, on May 5, voters took to the net to show the indelible ink could be easily removed, and gave way to widespread anger accusing the EC of masterminding electoral fraud to ensure victory for BN.

    The Commission had defended itself claiming that it was obliged to limit the content of silver nitrate in the ink as instructed by the Health ministry.

    But the Health ministry denied the claim, saying it had not been consulted.

    Meanwhile, PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man renewed calls for EC’s resignation.

    “They cannot be tasked to investigate what went wrong with the indelible ink usage. No answers will be forthcoming until all of them resign. The whole fiasco should be investigated by an independent team,” he told Harakahdaily.
    - Harakahdaily


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