PKR polls: Technical team to help in Johor party election

PKR members in Kedah faced difficulties casting their votes using the e-ballot system last week. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A support technical team, made up of 25 IT graduates, has been formed to ensure the voting process for the PKR election in Johor on Sunday will be smooth.

PKR central election committee (JPP) deputy chairman Dr Adzman Hedra said this was one of the steps being taken to improve the e-voting system that was being used for the first time.

“We have taken note of what occurred in the elections held in Kedah and Penang last week. The problem was due to human factors.

“Some of the officers were not well-versed with the system despite the dry run conducted.

“So we will improve this system during Johor’s election on Sept 30,” he said after being a guest on the Bernama Bulletin programme here today.

Adzman said there was also a data error that resulted from a “coding” problem which led to the failure to locate the names of some party members and the result could not be counted.

However, this problem had been solved and he was confident that the polling process in Johor and other states would proceed smoothly.

PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim yesterday said the “e-ballot” system would continue to be used for PKR’s election process with improvements being made to the system.

The “e-ballot” process, which began in Kedah and Penang on Sept 22, was criticised by some party members who wanted the party to abandon the system following technical interruptions during the voting process.