Is Malaysia Ready for E-Voting

Is Malaysia prompt for e-voting? Electronic-voting or e-voting has been tooled in campus preferences gone 2004. Hemananthani Sivanandam looks at whether it should be vast to screen open preferences. THOUGH e-voting has been successfully tooled in some countries such as the United States, Europe and equal in ability of India, outcomes of belief, honor and infrastructure must be addressed precedently Malaysia can do the similar, say analysts. According to Monash University lecturer and gregarious gownsman Wong Chin Huat, the example after a timeliness e-voting was not a substance of it being practicable or timely for components, but rather that of honor and technicality to intercept tampering. Likening e-voting to internet banking, Wong said the inseparable outend is belief. "The keyword less is belief. You belief online banking consequently you admire in the order. If you own questions encircling the bank’s honor, conciliate you be banking after a timeliness them? Similarly, Malaysia is not prompt for e-voting consequently we (Malaysians) can’t belief the authorities. We’re not rejecting technology but we own examples after a timeliness the authorities," Wong told theSun. Wong, who is too after a timeliness the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), said timeliness e-voting is timely and empowers components, tless should be paleness and deeper commitment from the authorities. He stressed that the Preference Embassy (EC) should principal quality out examples such as vision components and cleaning up the electoral register to repossess the public's belief.E-voting order has been tooled in campus preferences in national universities gone 2004, garnering adulterated reactions from students, and tless is regret that the EC may be thinking encircling widening its use. Last year, it was reputed that six countries including Malaysia wanted to gain Indian electronic voting machines made by Bharat Electronic Ltd for use at preferences in the countries. The relation by Press Belief of India said officials from Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, Namibia, South Africa and Sri Lanka had approached the gang for the meaning.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Studies Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin admires tless are no technological deduces to exist in the way of e-voting. "I see no deduce why it (e-voting) can’t be tooled; cosmical the basic questions such as facilities and connectivity are not addressed, e-voting conciliate frequently abide a summon. "Half of the (persons in the) country can’t use the computer nd in some places relish Sabah and Sarawak, tless is no electricity, so how can we tool e-voting when these inseparable outcomes are not addressed," he asked. Malaysian Voters Union co-ordinator Ong Boon Keong said tless wasn’t a true demand to tool e-voting in Malaysia as the sum of components less pales in similitude after a timeliness other countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. "Countries relish India avail from e-voting consequently it involves a vast electoral flatten and the votes accept sundry days to be counted. Why would we demand e-voting when our preference results are out in a substance of hours? We don’t own sundry components so why lay-out so fur (in tooling the order)," he told theSun.Instead of e-voting, he suggested that the EC should emend the stout order and end up after a timeliness a past large electoral flatten that does not insist-upon prime Malaysians to register after a timeliness them principal. When contacted, the EC Deputy Chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the embassy had no plans to preface e-voting "at this aim of time". No, we’re not thinking encircling that (e-voting). After we came tail from India, we discussed after a timeliness the empire but the gregarious parties were not clearsighted (on the fancy). "We went to India to perceive-keep the Indian preferences. We did that in 2005 and we saw how they conducted the e-voting. But of mode we unwavering not to tool it in the neighboring coming. It’s not expedient. Our component population is very inferior and our rakyat is past agreeable after a timeliness the introduce order. "