Indelible ink colours kept secret to prevent cheating, says EC chairman

 
Malaysia's Election Comission introduced the use of indelible ink for the first time in this year's elections to prevent cheating. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PUTRAJAYA - The colours of the indelible ink to be used in Malaysia's 2013 elections will be known only on polling day to prevent cheating, the Election Commission (EC) chairman has said.

Mr Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof also assured the public that the vault where the ink is stored is heavily guarded by security teams and monitored by closed-circuit television cameras, reported the official Bernama news agency on Thursday.

He added that the colour of the ink is completely different from those available on the market, Bernama reported.

"The colours of the ink are unique and distinctive with material used having special specifications, thus making duplication difficult," Tan Sri Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying.

The EC introduced the use of indelible ink for the first time in this year's elections to prevent repeat voting, following allegations of cheating in previous elections.

Malaysians will go to the polls on May 5, while nominations will be held on April 20, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.

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