Election Commission

Washable ink raises new concerns about Malaysian vote's integrity

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by supporters in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia's opposition and clean-polls activists yesterday said the integrity of weekend elections was in doubt after revelations that indelible ink meant to prevent fraud was easily washed off. Pressured by huge demonstrations for free and fair polls in recent years, the country's long-ruling government is introducing indelible ink in Sunday's vote, the first in history in which the opposition has a chance of winning.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 2:39am

Monitors dismiss growing fear of post-election chaos

There are fears today's election will plunge Thailand into several weeks of crisis if, as expected, the new poll monitors eject a swathe of winners and demand fresh votes.

Last year's election for the Senate, the previously appointed upper house, dragged on for months because recalcitrant candidates repeatedly tried to cheat, according to the Election Commission.

6 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Need for continuity behind second term, says monitor

Mr Justice Woo said he was serving another term as chairman of the electoral body for the sake of continuity.

He was made chairman of the commission's predecessor, the Boundary and Election Commission, in 1993.

Mr Justice Woo, 51, led the independent body's monitoring of the 1995 Legislative Council election.

1 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Elections set to go hi-tech

POLLING and vote-counting should be computerised, the Boundary and Election Commission has concluded in a report on September's Legislative Council election.

It is the first time the commission has indicated a preference for an electronic voting system.

It said it regarded the introduction of such a system as the major task before the handover.

19 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Must maintain credibility of elections

THE wanton allegation in your editorial of October 18, that 'the ban on the publication of exit poll results before voting has finished has less to do with clean elections than with nannying a population the commission chairman . . .

30 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Voters' complaints decline

THE number of election complaints so far is much lower than the previous two elections, according to the Chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission Mr Justice Woo.

Mr Justice Woo said that only 27 complaints had been received by the commission concerning this year's Legco election.

21 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

An equal say over election day

THE Boundary and Election Commission has worked hard to devise a lengthy set of guidelines for canvassing leading up to next month's Legislative Council elections.

However, serious doubts about the effectiveness of the ground rules emerged soon after nominations for the polls closed on Monday.

17 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Watchdog for poll predicts few complaints

THERE will be fewer election complaints as candidates and political parties become more familiar with the rules, according to the election watchdog.

And the number of complaints regarding September's Legislative Council poll was small compared to the previous two campaigns, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing, chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, said yesterday.

7 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Public problems

SUNDAY, September 17, 1995 has been designated as the polling day for the last set of elections to be administered by the British authorities in Hong Kong, before China resumes sovereignty over the territory.

30 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

A fair fight in the media

THE elections for the municipal councils are over, although reviews and commentaries are going to run in the media for some days, while the Government and political parties undertake post-mortems with an eye on the September elections for the Legislative Council.

7 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Election body offers speedy disputes plan

A SCHEME to reduce disputes over election candidate qualifications was announced yesterday.

The Boundary and Election Commission, which oversees all elections, proposed the setting up of a nominations adviser in its report to the Governor on September's district board election.

28 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Banner ruling disappoints

THE 53 candidates who registered yesterday for the elections will have to wait two weeks until they can put up their banners and signboards on the streets.

Some candidates and campaign managers said the new arrangement could lower the level of awareness of electors, leading to a lower turnout rate.

10 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Changes in polling proposed

NOMINATION procedures for direct elections should be tightened to bar last-minute swapping of nomination forms among candidates, it has been proposed.

18 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Public censure 'effective deterrent'

PUBLIC censure is an effective means of deterring election campaign irregularities, a senior government official said yesterday.

Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Nicholas Ng Wing-fui said the Boundary and Election Commission's power to cite someone publicly was a serious punishment and he doubted that additional sanctions were necessary.

16 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Hopefuls' guidelines warning

CANDIDATES for the district board polls were yesterday warned they would face public censure if they ignored election guidelines.

Chairman of the Boundary and Election Commission, Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing, said in a briefing to candidates that the commission would tighten its enforcement of the guidelines next week.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am