KOTA KINABALU 5th September, 2011: PKR believes the use of indelible ink in the coming election will be more effective than the biometric system in preventing electoral fraud.
The party’s treasurer general, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who is also the Selangor Menteri Besar further noted that the indelible ink is cheaper, easier and faster to use than biometrics which requires an interactive database.
He added that in comparison, only RM3 to 4 million is required to use the indelible ink which is an unsophisticated and yet very effective instrument.
Speaking to reporters at a hotel here yesterday, Khalid said that in the context of Sabah, it would be irrational to use biometrics because of the absence of internet connectivity in the rural areas.
“If you cannot even access the internet, how are you going to check the database on a voter’s information? This checking could also take hours and our system has not reached the level of very immediate interaction.
“This will take many years, so for the time being I think we should accept the indelible ink as used by other countries. At this time it is better to use a simpler and more effective form because I don’t know how many millions of ringgit will be spent to download biometrics,” he said.
Khalid thus said PKR supported the Bersih movement and its aspiration of having “a good referee on a level playing field”.
The Election Commission must make sure that it is not guided or influenced by anybody and focus on only the task it has to do, he stressed.
Meanwhile PKR advisor cum Pakatan Rakyat leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was also present at the press conference concurred with Khalid.
“With biometrics who is going to do the checking? What if there are doubts on the nationality of a voter in Lahad Datu; who is going to check with the National Registration Department? The verification process will surely take a long time… who is the officer that will do the immediate verification?” he asked.
Anwar pointed out that while using indelible ink may not be 100 per cent fool-proof in ensuring a clean electoral roll, it is an improvement from the current voter verification system applied on polling day.