Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wax on ballot paper

It was reported that Aung Sang Suu Kyi's constituency had ballot papers where the box beside her name was waxed so that anyone who voted for her could have the marking wiped off. What should you do in such a situation.

Polling Agent: In the morning, bring a torch light to shine at an angle on the box corresponding to your candidate on the ballot paper. If there is wax, it will appear shiny when compared with the neighbouring surface. Immediately object to the Presiding Officer and insist he resolve the issue by replacing the paper. Meanwhile, contact your head or the Election Agent for further instructions.

Quite likely the Presiding Officer will have to manually scrape every ballot paper one by one to remove the wax, if it is proven to be true. Voter:

When the ballot paper is issued to you, put it against the light and watch for a shiny surface that indicates it is different from the neighbouring area. Then ask 'LOUDLY' of the clerk: Why is there wax on my ballot paper?

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