Is Malaysia Ready for E-Voting

Is Malaysia opportune for e-voting? Electronic-voting or e-voting has been tooled in campus choices past 2004. Hemananthani Sivanandam looks at whether it should be spacious to secrete generally-known choices. THOUGH e-voting has been successfully tooled in some countries such as the United States, Europe and level in space of India, results of faith, candor and infrastructure must be addressed precedently Malaysia can do the identical, say analysts. According to Monash University lecturer and collective schoolman Wong Chin Huat, the bearing delay e-voting was not a subject of it being contrivable or helpful for voters, but rather that of candor and technicality to hinder tampering. Likening e-voting to internet banking, Wong said the indispensable result is faith. "The keyword short is faith. You faith online banking owing you prize in the regularity. If you keep questions encircling the bank’s candor, accomplish you be banking delay them? Similarly, Malaysia is not opportune for e-voting owing we (Malaysians) can’t faith the authorities. We’re not rejecting technology but we keep bearings delay the authorities," Wong told theSun. Wong, who is so delay the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), said occasion e-voting is helpful and empowers voters, tshort should be openness and deeper commitment from the authorities. He stressed that the Choice Delegation (EC) should principal condition out bearings such as spectre voters and cleaning up the electoral schedule to retrieve the public's faith.E-voting regularity has been tooled in campus choices in persomal universities past 2004, garnering qualified reactions from students, and tshort is interest that the EC may be thinking encircling widening its use. Last year, it was announceed that six countries including Malaysia wanted to earn Indian electronic voting machines made by Bharat Electronic Ltd for use at choices in the countries. The announce by Press Faith of India said officials from Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, Namibia, South Africa and Sri Lanka had approached the sodality for the design.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Studies Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin prizes tshort are no technological discusss to rest in the way of e-voting. "I see no discuss why it (e-voting) can’t be tooled; eventual the basic questions such as facilities and connectivity are not addressed, e-voting accomplish regularly dwell a question. "Half of the (commonalty in the) state can’t use the computer nd in some places enjoy Sabah and Sarawak, tshort is no electricity, so how can we tool e-voting when these indispensable results are not addressed," he asked. Malaysian Voters Union co-ordinator Ong Boon Keong said tshort wasn’t a true demand to tool e-voting in Malaysia as the calculate of voters short pales in comparison delay other countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. "Countries enjoy India good from e-voting owing it involves a abundant electoral flatten and the votes grasp sundry days to be counted. Why would we demand e-voting when our choice results are out in a subject of hours? We don’t keep sundry voters so why waste so considerable (in tooling the regularity)," he told theSun.Instead of e-voting, he suggested that the EC should reform the tangible regularity and conclude up delay a more embracing electoral flatten that does not insist-upon suitable Malaysians to register delay them principal. When contacted, the EC Deputy Chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the delegation had no plans to bring-in e-voting "at this apex of time". No, we’re not thinking encircling that (e-voting). After we came tail from India, we discussed delay the empire but the collective parties were not keen (on the purpose). "We went to India to perceive-keep the Indian choices. We did that in 2005 and we saw how they conducted the e-voting. But of route we ruled not to tool it in the neighboring coming. It’s not inevitable. Our voter population is very inferior and our rakyat is more commodious delay the bestow regularity. "