E-voting glitch causes fight, postponement in 8 Kedah PKR divisions

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  • Saturday, 22 Sep 2018

Police were called in to keep the peace after a fracas broke out at the PKR Merbok division voting centre at Cinta Sayang Resort in Sungai Petani.

ALOR SETAR: PKR's electronic voting system is not going well in Kedah as the names of candidates and voters went missing in the voting app after the system hung, leading to a fight and the postponement of voting in eight divisions.

It is learned that a voter in Merbok lost his cool after discovering that the names of certain candidates had gone missing from the e-ballots and alleged that this was an attempt at sabotage.

A video of him wielding a stick and hitting someone has also gone viral on social media.

The police reportedly arrested two men in connection with the fight.

Kedah PKR chairman Dr Azman Ismail, who is Kuala Kedah MP, said voting in seven divisions had to be postponed because the voting stations could not connect to the Internet.

They are Sungai Petani, Sik, Kulim, Langkawi, Baling, Padang Serai, Jerai and Merbok.

"In some places, such as Baling and Sik, there's hardly any mobile phone connection," Dr Azman said.

"And there are issues with the voting app. Sometimes, the candidates' names don't appear even though they are listed on paper," he said.

He said the app was working fine during the test run in Klang Valley.

"We apologise to all our members. This is the first time any party has done electronic voting.

"There is no precedent, and I am sure everyone has learned something.

"I foresee that someday, every party in Malaysia will do electronic voting. Since we are the first, there were bound to be problems," said Dr Azman.

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