PRECAUTION: Commission move to prevent multiple voting
KOTA KINABALU: THOSE who vote in advance in the next general election will be marked with a different colour indelible ink.
Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said yesterday this was to prevent them from voting again on polling day.
Aziz said the move would ensure that no one would be able to produce counterfeit indelible ink before polling day.
"Malaysians are good at making 'copies'. Even the colour of the bottles will be different.
"The indelible ink used on advance voters will last longer compared with the one used on polling day," he said, adding that it was another precautionary measure.
Aziz said although no one had been caught voting more than once in the country, despite many allegations, the measure was to ensure that it never happened.
He said this after briefing returning officers and district police chiefs on preparations for the next general election.
For the first time in the next general election, members of the security forces will be allowed to cast their ballot ahead of time and will no longer be registered as postal voters.
In Kuala Lumpur, the Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms said it would be discussing again the proposal to allow Malaysians staying abroad to exercise their voting rights through postal voting.
PSC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said they might be able to do so in future elections, but not the next one.
"EC had reverted the matter back to us. They said it could be done. But some of us also feel the idea is not consistent with the need to reduce postal voting. Also amendments need to be made to allow this. A decision will be made next week," he said after the ninth PSC meeting at Parliament yesterday.