PBS Against Proxy Voting System
TAWAU, Jan 21 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu
Sabah (PBS) is against the Election Commission's (EC) proposal
to introduce a proxy voting system to enable a registered
voter to be represented by an approved proxy on polling
PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said such
a system was not in line with the practice of democracy
in the country and if it was to be implemented, the credibility
of the EC would become a subject of unending debate.
"We are constantly reminded that as registered voters,
our right to vote and choose the government is very important.
So, the proposal to enable someone to vote on behalf of
another clearly contravenes the democracy system.
"For me, this (proxy voting) will be very confusing
and will not help in enhancing public confidence in our
democracy system. That's why I hope that this proposal will
not be implemented," he said after visiting Tanjung
Market here today.
Pairin was commenting on the EC's proposal to implement
the proxy voting system to allow those who are unable to
be present on polling day to have their votes cast by approved
Pairin said whatever mechanisms proposed by the EC to implement
the system, they remained impractical.
He added that even the electronic voting system practised
in the United States was deluged with problems.
"Let alone if the proxies can represent not one or
two or five, but up to 100 registered voters. How is this
possible?" he said, adding that the EC should just
drop the subject.
Yesterday, United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation
(Upko) deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing also rejected
the idea and described it as an unthinkable approach.