Thursday, August 25, 2011

EC mulls using both biometric system and indelible ink

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

The Election Commission (EC) may use both the biometric system and indelible ink for the elections, laying to rest the ongoing squabble over the superiority of either mechanism.

However, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said the commission was still studying the legal implications of both systems and whether they could be used on a “voluntary” or “mandatory” basis.

But he noted that if voters were not required by law to use the new system, it would render the entire exercise pointless.

“That is why we want to make sure everyone uses it,” he said.

Asked if the EC would propose its recommendation to the parliamentary select committee (PSC) for polls reform to be formed in October, Abdul Aziz said the commission hoped to do so.

When asked if the changes would be implemented for the coming polls, he said: “Insyaallah.”

He said if the changes were to be made mandatory, amendments to election laws were needed to be passed in Parliament.

The commission, he said, was now preparing the framework for the PSC, which is due to be presented to the Cabinet by September 7.

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