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Bersih wants action after man acquitted in ballot paper case

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Electoral watchdog Bersih wants those involved in the procurement of the indelible ink used in the 13th general election to be arrested.

This follows the acquittal of IT professional Mohd Fadhli Khamaruddin for allegedly trying to vote twice.

Mohd Fadhli was charged with attempting to bring out the second ballot paper issued to him after he was allowed to vote twice when the indelible ink used of his finger washed off exposing what Bersih says is an obvious flaw in the system.

“This indelible ink issue is just the tip of the iceberg of doubts and problems plaguing the electoral system,” said the electoral watchdog in a statement today.

“Bersih wants a response from the inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar as thousands of police reports have been lodged over the indelible ink used in the last three years.

“In fact, police must take stern action on those involved in this scandal, including those in the Election Commission,” it said.

Bersih added that Mohd Fadhli’s case was akin to air force pilot Major Zaidi Ahmad's who was dismissed from service for telling media the indelible ink on his finger had faded.

Ink washed off

Mohd Fadhli, 25, was charged under the Elections Offences Act while Major Zaidi was court marshalled.

Fadhli obtained a second set of ballor papers after he managed to wash off the indelible ink on his finger after voting the first time.

He voted at the Kuantan parliamentary seat and the Tanjung Lumpur state seat.

The indelible ink was used for the first time in the 13 th general election in 2013.

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