Malaysian public rejects electronic voting system
- The Star Online > Nation
Wednesday September 20, 2006
Malaysians fear electronic voting system is not fool proof
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian public and politicians have rejected the electronic voting
system for fear that it is not fool proof.
The Election Commission (EC) has placed the idea on hold although it is prepared to
introduce this new method of voting, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid
Abdul Rahman said on Wednesday.
The commission had conducted a survey several years ago and most of the people had
rejected the electronic system which required them to vote using the computer.
"Politicians also do not trust the system, believing that votes can be tampered with," he
said, adding that the idea had been put on hold for fear that results would be contested in
Abdul Rashid said the cost for having the electronic voting system was minimal and that it
would be of great help in getting results faster for a huge population.
Speaking to reporters when receiving Uzbekistan's Central Election Committee chairman
M. Abdulsalomov here on Wednesday, Abdul Rashid said he would exchange ideas with his
counterpart and make improvements if need be.
"Uzbekistan had experienced three general elections while we have had 11 general
elections, but it does not mean our system is superior. We will share these experiences,"
Abdul Rashid added that by January next year the EC will set up an election academy to
train EC staff and political party workers. Training will also be offered to foreigners such as
those from Uzbekistan, he added.
- --- In RangeVoting@yahoogroups.com, "warren_d_smith31" <wds@...> wrote:
>If the electronic voting system isn't (virtually) fool proof, then you
> The Star Online > Nation
> Wednesday September 20, 2006
> Malaysians fear electronic voting system is not fool proof
need to get a new system. Not using electronic equipment for
elections is silly.