Penang pledge by DAP’s 23 parliamentary and state candidates in the Penang Esplanade on Tuesday, 4th Mac 2008:
Election Commission (EC) shocking reversal of use of indelible ink benefits BN and sanctions BN’s cheating and abuses on polling day on March 8 to repeat the 2004 General Elections’ 91% parliamentary victory
EC will have to bear full responsibility for the consequences of the widespread cheating and abuses by the BN’s machinery following their shocking reversal of the use of indelible ink to prevent double-voting on March 8 polling day. Clearly this decision benefits BN and sanctions BN’s cheating and abuses to repeat the 2004 general elections 91% parliamentary victory.
DAP unreservedly condemns the EC’s betrayal of public trust by deciding to abandon the use of indelible ink, which is the central premise of their commitment towards a free, fair and clean elections. Clearly this cancellation show that EC is no longer committed to free, fair and clean elections.
The Election Commission has cancelled the use of indelible ink for this general election, citing public order and security issues. However EC has not explained how the use of indelible ink can threaten public order and security issues. It is ridiculous that the use of indelible ink can put the whole country into chaos and ruination.