Sunday, 23 September 2018
The run up to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) party elections has been a long drawn out affair, with Minister of Economic Affairs, Azmin Ali vying with Rafizi Ramli for the Vice-President post.
To make matters worse, the whole party election process across Malaysia spans over a month, with elections conducted in different states from 23 September to 28 October 2018, using a newly developed electronic voting (e-voting) system whereby voters click on their selected candidate's name on a tablet to register their vote.
All this, whilst Azmin has much work to do on Malaysia's economy, whilst other PKR members of parliament, state assemblymen and assemblywomen need to focus on governing the country and their respective states.
Free Malaysia Today quoted PKR election committee chairman Rashid Din as saying that voting had to be conducted state by state due to PKR's limited funds.
Sheesh! PKR has 800,000 members nationwide who are eligible to vote and with a gee whiz e-voting system it takes them over one month to complete the voting process, when with 15 million eligible voters in Malaysia's 14 the general elections on 9th May 2018, who voted manually the 'archaic' way between 8am and 5pm, by putting an 'X' on a ballot paper and dropped it into an 'archaic' ballot box, with the votes counted the 'archaic' way by human beings and most of the results in and most winners declared by the following morning.
Besides that, in the video below, a man wearing a PKR shirt speaking in Malay, demands that the party revert to a manual ('archaic') voting method using ballot papers, since an elderly member had problems using this gee-whiz e-voting system.
Obviously, whoever came up with the hare-brained idea to use an e-voting system did not consider the needs of party members who may not be as gadget-savvy as them.