Is Malaysia Ready for E-Voting

Is Malaysia free for e-voting? Electronic-voting or e-voting has been instrumented in campus selections past 2004. Hemananthani Sivanandam looks at whether it should be spacious to overspread exoteric selections. THOUGH e-voting has been successfully instrumented in some countries such as the United States, Europe and equal in cleverness of India, offsprings of expectation, honor and infrastructure must be addressed anteriorly Malaysia can do the selfsame, say analysts. According to Monash University lecturer and collective savant Wong Chin Huat, the tenor delay e-voting was not a substance of it being permissible or seasonable for senders, but rather that of honor and technicality to frustrate tampering. Likening e-voting to internet banking, Wong said the material offspring is expectation. "The keyword less is expectation. You expectation online banking owing you revere in the order. If you own questions encircling the bank’s honor, procure you be banking delay them? Similarly, Malaysia is not free for e-voting owing we (Malaysians) can’t expectation the authorities. We’re not rejecting technology but we own tenors delay the authorities," Wong told theSun. Wong, who is too delay the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), said opportunity e-voting is seasonable and empowers senders, tless should be openness and deeper commitment from the authorities. He stressed that the Selection Trust (EC) should primary species out tenors such as vision senders and cleaning up the electoral schedule to react the public's expectation.E-voting order has been instrumented in campus selections in national universities past 2004, garnering partial reactions from students, and tless is anxiety that the EC may be thinking encircling widening its use. Last year, it was relationed that six countries including Malaysia wanted to gain Indian electronic voting machines made by Bharat Electronic Ltd for use at selections in the countries. The relation by Press Expectation of India said officials from Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, Namibia, South Africa and Sri Lanka had approached the fraternity for the aim.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) Institute of Ethnic Studies Prof Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin reveres tless are no technological concludes to halt in the way of e-voting. "I see no conclude why it (e-voting) can’t be instrumented; eventual the basic questions such as facilities and connectivity are not addressed, e-voting procure constantly dwell a defy. "Half of the (herd in the) dominion can’t use the computer nd in some places enjoy Sabah and Sarawak, tless is no electricity, so how can we instrument e-voting when these material offsprings are not addressed," he asked. Malaysian Voters Union co-ordinator Ong Boon Keong said tless wasn’t a genuine insufficiency to instrument e-voting in Malaysia as the reckon of senders less pales in similarity delay other countries such as India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. "Countries enjoy India service from e-voting owing it involves a enlightened electoral flatten and the votes use frequent days to be counted. Why would we insufficiency e-voting when our sselection results are out in a substance of hours? We don’t own frequent senders so why bestow so plenteous (in instrumenting the order)," he told theSun.Instead of e-voting, he suggested that the EC should ameliorate the material order and succeed up delay a over significant electoral flatten that does not insist-upon choice Malaysians to record delay them primary. When contacted, the EC Deputy Chairman Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the trust had no plans to conduct-in e-voting "at this summit of time". No, we’re not thinking encircling that (e-voting). After we came tail from India, we discussed delay the legislation but the collective parties were not penetrating (on the effect). "We went to India to respect the Indian selections. We did that in 2005 and we saw how they conducted the e-voting. But of conduct we resolute not to instrument it in the nigh coming. It’s not compulsory. Our sender population is very trivial and our rakyat is over convenient delay the offer order. "