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Election Dates Announced, Indelible Inkage Still Vague

HappyNominations on 24th Feb, with elections on 8th March? That’s 13 days to campaign, how wonderful! If it was a week like in 2004 I wouldn’t be able to help campaign at all. So the PM dissolves Parliament on the 13th, and the campaign period is 13 days? I know the PM supposedly has a fondness for the number, so is SPR trying to make him chuckle? 🙂

Asked to confirm on the use of indelible ink in the coming election, the EC chief replied: “I will talk about that later. The procedures-procedures are not (main topic) in this session, we are more interested in the (election) dates.”

Pressed again, he retorted: “Did I say cancel? I will call you if there is any change.”

There have been concerns over the introduction of these new measures, since the election laws have not been amended to make them legally binding.

– quoted from an article published in Malaysiakini on 14th February 2008 (link)

The elections have been announced, yet this man does not want to comment on the lack of enforcement of indelible ink? The whole point of having indelible ink is to prevent people from voting twice, it is foolishness on the part of the EC to not enforce it.

Lets take a look back shall we:

Indelible ink to make its mark

PUTRAJAYA: Each polling stream in the coming general election will get two bottles of indelible black ink that will be applied to the left forefinger of voters.


For this general election, the commission said it would need 48,000 bottles of the ink. This will cost RM2.4mil and the whole procedure will take less than RM1mil to implement.

Wan Ahmad said only a small mark would be made on the finger and the ink would stay for about two weeks.

– quoted from an article published in The Star on 1st February 2008 (link)

So roughly RM3 million of our money being spent on an ‘optional’ fraud prevention device. See how it will be implemented:

Indelible Ink

That tiny easily concealed line. Even if the usage of indelible ink was mandatory for all voters, it would be a small matter for a corrupt EC official to allow someone to vote twice. A finger dipped in ink for all the world to see, that’s what I want, that’s what makes sense. After all BERSIH has done to push their demands, the smallest reform the EC could have done is the use of indelible ink, and they can’t even get that right.

What’s next, covering up the transparent ballot boxes to prevent the public from seeing their contents?

Elections #5

Written by ak57

February 15, 2008 at 12:40 am

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  1. […] Don’t misunderstand me though, I do want indelible ink, whole finger dipped in (not this thin line on fingernail nonsense). But it was quite clear a month ago that it wasn’t going to happen. […]

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