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Malaysia GE13: Staff "made mistake by not shaking indelible ink bottle", says EC

Published on May 1, 2013 10:56 AM

KUALA LUMPUR - Allegations that the indelible ink used for voting can be easily removed by washing may be due to failure by the Election Commission (EC) staff to follow procedures.

Following the allegations, the EC ran some tests on Tuesday and as a result, fingers smeared with ink from shaken bottles lasted longer than the others, EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said on Wednesday, Bernama reported.

"Not withstanding the impact of indelible ink, the EC would like to emphasise that early voters who voted on April 30 2013 cannot vote again on May 5 because their names do not exist in the electoral roll for ordinary voters," he said in a statement late on Tuesday night.

Mr Kamaruddin said the EC will continue to use indelible ink on May 5 in accordance with the requirements of the law currently in force.

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