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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Petition for a Royal Commission on Electoral Reform (RCER) in Malaysia

I plea (beg) all concerned Malaysians to sign this online petition:

Petition for a Royal Commission on Electoral Reform (RCER) in Malaysia. Here is one of the many reasons why you should sign the petition:

I recently attended polling and counting agent training course (as a refresher) and heard how election can be manipulated. Included was votes can be bought to tip the scale in favor of a candidate with the money and willingness to buy votes.

The process start with giving a false pre-marked ballot paper to a voter with instruction to smuggle out his blank ballot paper and substitude it with the false pre-marked ballot paper and put that into the ballot paper instead. Then the process below will start:

What can happen is a voter can enter a polling stream (room) with pre-marked ballots (one for the Parliament, one for the State), at the shielded booth to mark the ballot papers, put the real, still unmarked ballot papers in his or her pocket, walk to the ballot boxes, drops in the marked ballot boxes, walk out of the voting center, mark the real ballot papers, hand them over to a voter (paided or volunteer) who then next walk into his polling stream (room) repeat the same process, walk out of the polling center, hand over the unmarked ballot papers to the manipulator, get paid, and the process goes on until one is caught. Then the cycle will have to be started again.

We were told that previously, this was more difficult because at the place where the voter marks the ballot papers, his or her backside will be facing the polling agents and it was difficult to pocket the ballot papers without being seen. See diagram below:

Polling stream (room), previous arrangement

A box to show the ballot boxes in the center had been unfortunately left out from the diagram. You have to use your imagination and add that in.


However, now the arrangement had been changed and the backside of the voter when marking the ballot papers will no longer be facing the polling agents and thus not visible. See diagram below:

Polling stream (room), arrangement now

A box to show the ballot boxes in the center had been unfortunately left out from the diagram. You have to use your imagination and add that in.


I was also told about a man who told his colleague he must return to Johore to vote. The reason he gave was his brother had already committed his vote to such an arrangement. With this current arrangement of the polling stream (room), such practices are difficult to spot.

Further, there is backtracking by the Election Commission on the use of indelible ink on fingernails of voters who had already voted. It then becomes very difficult for a person to vote more than once. Now that this indelible ink will no longer be used, I understand it is easy for phantom voters to operate. How I am not sure. I will try to find out, and if I have information, I will update this blog.

1 comment:

Johnny Ong said...

hopefully more ppl will volunteer