21 Jun '11, 5am

Malaysia to fingerprint voters to combat fraud

Malaysia to fingerprint voters to combat fraud

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has unveiled plans to fingerprint voters to combat fraud in the next elections, under pressure from activists planning a mass rally next month over claims of rampant vote-rigging. Opposition parties and electoral campaigners said the July 9 protest will highlight allegations that the electoral process is rife with double-voting and other irregularities that stifle the opposition. The next polls are not due until 2013 but the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which denies charges that it unfairly influences the Election commission (EC), is widely expected to go to the people by next year. EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohamad Yusof said it plans to record voters' fingerprints to verify their identities before allowing them to cast their ballots, according to national news agency Bernama. "Then (a voter) will be considered to have voted, and the individual c...

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