Saturday, September 22, 2007

Famous phantom voters

It seems we even have famous phantom voters these days. Well-known Malaysian blogger Rocky (Ahirudin Attan) is also a phantom voter, as he recently discovered for himself after visiting the SPR website.

rocky's bru: Excuse me, WTF registered me as a voter?

You may also want to check out my earlier postings about the SPR website and phantom voters.

Friday, September 07, 2007

SPR website may need old IC

Following on from the previous posting, a few readers have reported that the SPR website doesn't have their voter records, even though they registered many months ago.

If you also provided an old IC no during registration, you could try using that instead.

That seems to be the case with my record; keying in the new IC no. did not return any records. Only my old IC no. got results.

This is puzzling because my record clearly lists my new IC no too.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Are you a phantom voter?

Blogger Dr. Prince recently discovered that he is a registered voter in Kedah, even though he has never registered, and never voted before.

You can check your own voter status at the Election Commission (Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya, or SPR) website. Who knows, you may have "voted" during the last election even though you have not registered. And I'm guessing you "voted" for BN!

Note that the SPR website doesn't use any secure connections (e.g. SSL). So I would not recommend querying your data if you're using a public Internet connection (e.g. cybercafe, free wi-fi locations, etc). The SPR pages list quite a bit of personal information, thus creating a potential for identity theft.

It seems that the EC isn't too concerned about about serving up voter registration info over the Net on unencryted pages.

On a related note, check out the Wikipedia section on Electoral fraud.