PKR polls: Independent auditor to monitor e-voting

PKR polls: Independent auditor to monitor e-voting

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR has appointed an independent auditor to monitor the party's e-voting process from Sept 14 to Oct 13.

Central Election Committee (JPP) deputy chairman Dr Azdman Hedra said the move was to ensure smooth voting process being conducted with transparency and integrity.

“Via this system which is being implemented for the first time, integrity will not be compromised and data will be not be manipulated, as feared by candidates who are contesting,” he told Bernama, here today.

Adzman said the auditor would monitor the voting process prior, during and after the polls.

Meanwhile, he explained that this would not be an online voting system as rumoured by certain quarters, but digital ballot papers would be used to facilitate and save time, cost and manpower.

“We want to emphasise that this is a paperless polling system where voters only need to press the button on the device provided at the channel counters on the day of the polls.

“The system will ensure voters' confidentiality and will not allow anyone including the JPP 'back door' access to manipulate any data including number of votes,” he said.

He said on the day of the polls, identity verification would be through identity cards and each member wishing to cast their vote must show the official receipt of their annual membership for 2018 to the JPP supervisor on duty, before a digital bar code slip is printed and presented to them.

The digital bar code slip would be scanned before a digital ballot paper automatically appears on the screen of an electronic device according to segmentation and position.

“Voters will be allowed to bring in the slip or notes for quick reference when marking the digital ballot papers,” he said.

According to Azdman, the system is illiterate-friendly as the photograph and number assigned to the candidate would be displayed on the screen, making it easy for voters to make their choice.

“Through this system, there will be zero spoilt votes because there is a lock system and voters will not be able to click more than what is required by them.

“The votes will automatically be counted and the results can to be obtained in a short time,” he said.

About 800,000 PKR members nationwide are eligible to vote in this election which will involve 218 branches in the country.

A total of 300 JPP members and 3,000 officials will be on duty to ensure smooth polling and 600 e-voting devices will be mobilised throughout the election. — Bernama

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