Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SPR backtracks - an impartial move?

4 days to polling day and SPR (Election Commission) decides to not use the indelible ink. DAP leadership has issued this statement. The New York-based Human Rights Watch has issued a statement condemning Malaysia's electoral process.

SPR has been citing some unsubstantiated reports of possible abuse in the usage of this indelible ink. Apparently some villagers in certain northern states could be tricked into marking their fingernails before going to vote. If that's the case, what about the countless reports of phantom voters (multiple unknown voters bearing the same address, thousands of voters aged 1o0 and above, voters having been relocated to different polling centers without their knowledge)? What has SPR done about this?

An impartial move with regards to reports of phantom voters would be to clean-up the electoral roll. But has this been actioned on?

An impartial move with regards to the usage of indelible ink would be to allow its usage, as the risk of phantom voters is exponentially higher than the risk of a few voters being duped into thinking that fingernails must be marked with this special "nail polish" before going to vote.

Malaysians must think logically and question this move seriously. SPR is taking us all for a ride.