Saturday, July 2, 2011

More electoral flaws

The Election Commission (EC), now facing calls for electoral reforms, has always been plagued with allegations that it has phantom voters on its electoral rolls.

Now, new evidence has emerged that there are phantom voters in the Permatang Pauh
constituency held by PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim.

A Pakatan Rakyat-friendly blogger, who has revealed the existence of these “ghost” voters, challenged the EC to rebut his claim.

The blogger, Perisik Rakyat, recently revealed that 60 “dubious” names have been registered under an address in Permatang Pauh, Penang.

The Kelantan-based blogger claimed that the 60 voters had registered under one address: No 1138, Kampung Bagan Serai, Permatang Pauh, Penang.

According to the blogger, of the 60 voters, 51 are Malays and the rest Indians.

The latest revelation comes on the heels of last Thursday’s statement by EC deputy chairman, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, who said it was diffcult to fulfil Bersih’s eight demands for electoral reforms.

According to Wan Ahmad, cleaning up the electoral rolls, including removing the names of deceased voters, is unnecessary.

He also refuted allegations that voters were being moved to different constituencies without their knowledge.

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