Thursday, 28 July 2011

Non-networked biometric system to be introduced by EC

How can it prevent phantom voting? Now I understand what is meant by
Aziz's statement that there is absolutely no double voting. He refers
to voting at a single polling station.

Indelible ink is much cheaper and more effective.
Saying that there are chemicals to remove it is just that, a stupid
accusation. Just prove it first before you make any stupid accusation.
You have to remove your skin in order to remove the ink.

SPR chief: Biometric system to weed out phantom voters

by Simon Ingka Crown Posted on July 26,
2011, Tuesday

USING THUMB IDENTIFICATION: Abdul Aziz (left) gestures to reporters as
he explains about the biometric system. Next to him is Takun.

KUCHING: Phantom voters will no longer 'exist' in electoral lists once
the biometric system is used to verify registered voters' identity,
said Election Commission (SPR) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

"Over the years, SPR has been receiving allegations and accusations on
the existence of phantom voters and it has never stopped.

"In fact there is no end to this. This system will demolish its
existence," he told a press conference after chairing a briefing on
the biometric system, postmortem on the recently-concluded state
election and SPR's monthly meeting yesterday.

He added that the system was not a new invention as it was presently
used by the Home Ministry, National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK)
Immigrations and Police.

Abdul Aziz also pointed out to claims that some voters voted more than
once and allegations of the existence of dead voters' names in the
electoral roll.

Saying that SPR had tried to use indelible ink, Abdul Aziz said the
move had to be shelved as the system unfortunately could not
accurately determine the identity of voters.

"For SPR, we just want to see the documents, whether the bearer of the
identification card (IC) is genuine, carried by the owner and not
forged. Voters also cannot carry other voters' IC and register for
that matter. By this way voters cannot cheat the system," he said.

Abdul Aziz said the system would be a standalone, whereby it would not
be connected to online networking to prevent it from being sabotaged.

"The system will have no networking and stand alone. It would be very
expensive to make it online as well."

He said the introduction of the system was part of an effort mooted by
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to seek the best possible
way for a fair and just election process in the country.

He added that the system was on its final phase and more trial tests
and demos would be conducted to ensure its smoothness.

However, Abdul Aziz said it needed to be further enhanced before it
could be used for the coming general elections, indicating a mock
election would be conducted soon to test its efficiency.

To a question, he said SPR welcomed queries from individuals, groups
or political parties who want to know more about the system, adding it
had a fruitful meeting with Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) leaders

"They (PAS) are fully supporting the idea and soon more political
parties will come and discuss with us," he said.

The cost of the system has yet to be determined.

State SPR chairman Takun Sunggah was among those present during the
press conference.

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