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Open letter to Elections Dept, PAP MPs & Opposition Parties regarding electronic voting

For years, Singapore has managed very efficiently with a manual voting system. Our elections have generally been very orderly and subdued. The only excitement has been the 2 or 3 occasions when ruling party candidates wondered into prohibited areas and we were educated by the strange judiciary wisdom that ‘within’ the area is not ‘near’ the area.

Of course, that does not preclude the use of technology where the cost benefits make sense. We are now digitising certain aspects of the voting system. In the main, it pertains to availability of services to candidates. For voters, it is the introduction of electronic registration at voting stations. In fact, I have always wondered why this function has never been automated in the past 30 years. It’s a relatively simple app to code.

There are some issues I like to raise, for which concerned parties should either pursue further or provide some answers.

Foremost, on the dollars and cents. The new electronic registration employs scanners from Smartmatic. On electronic registration, it would be useful if we can have an idea of how much the Smartmatic contract was. If all a Smartmatic machine does is to scan NRIC and register voters, I am confident any smart young student in our junior colleges could have coded an equally efficient and secure app to satisfy the requirements at a tiny fraction of the cost. There is certainly no need for a mission specific equipment that will be used one day every 4 years. Those with a quick mind must have guessed my real question. Are there any other functions for these Smartmatic machines besides registering the voters? If so, what are these?

In a recent Pennsylvannia Senate Republican lawmaker public hearing into claims of election fraud, retired army colonel Phil Waldronm, who had served in cyber warfare units, said : “The voting systems in the US and in Pennsylvania were built to be manipulated. They’ve been used in elections around the world, in stolen elections around the world, in Venezuela, Italy, Argentina, Singapore, Bolivia as close as two weeks ago.” The colonel has cast aspersion on the integrity of our election system and it behoves on our government to make a public statement to clarify the matter to Singaporeans. None was forthcoming on a matter so serious. Our national reputation has been blemished but instead of a strong rebuttal, we are treated to the circus of a prime minister protecting his personal reputation in 2 simultaneous libel cases in the courts. Or perhaps, with their superior cyber intel, the US knows something and a rebuttal may open up Pandora’s box.

The following stakeholders should have participation in the implementation of an electronic voting system :
1. An independent Election Agency
2. The ruling party
3. The opposition parties
4. The public

We have no independent election agency. The Election Department manages the Singapore election and it resides in the Prime Minister’s Office. (1) and (2) are one and the same. We have no public representation. Surely a parliamentary discussion of an electoral reform on the question of an independent election agency and a civic overseeing body, has more national interest than second hand smoking on balconies.

In the absence of a civic overseeing body, it is incumbent on the opposition parties to assume heightened responsibility on the implementation of an electronic voting system. In our big government nanny state, the government consistently blindsides us with developments without public input. We are once again presented with a fait accompli.

The election chaos in the US should teach us some lessons with respect to the use of electronic voting systems. The nonchalant way the various states treated systems and process security is bewildering to say the least. No doubt our use for only electronic registration is not as complicated as the US voting system. Nevertheless there are implementation protocols that we should adhere to.

Both ruling and opposition parties must review the machine hard codes and application source codes independently of each other. If satisfied, the machines and software are certified. Any revision requires a fresh audit and recertification.

Audit tests should be independently conducted by stakeholders. After which, the audit reports should be filed. Only after a green light is forthcoming from the audit reports of stakeholders can the electronic registration system go live.

In light of the distrust of the Smartmatic and Dominion names generated by the US election, opposition must satisfy themselves that the machines have no other data files except pre-election voter information, there is no communication devices whether built-in or external.

The use of the voter signing pen raises some concerns. It could well be for the sole purpose of marking the ballots as explained. That’s well and good. The signing pen certainly facilitates the scanning of votes. That would mean our votes will be harvested and voting data-base maintained. This calls a revisit of the issue of vote privacy once again. I’m quite certain if these are archived, it will not be for the purpose of selective service denials. It would be to facilitate gerrymandering. Opposition members must ascertain how will counted ballots be controlled and that there is no post election scanning of votes. This can only be satisfied with the source code reviews.

What I am suggesting is that stakeholders can no longer be passive onlookers, sidelined to a systems and process tour and some hands holding on the functionality. Instead, they have to be active participants in the future developments of the electoral process.

 

Chempost

 

 

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20 Responses to “Open letter to Elections Dept, PAP MPs & Opposition Parties regarding electronic voting”

  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Simple lah!!! Stick to the Original with Numbered cards to INSTIL FEAR of votes NOT being secret…

    Today the Fear factor on Numbered Cards has lessened and they have to come up with something more Evil & Sinister…

    SinCity’s population legal with new LEEgal citizens is only 5,000,000 at most in the next two Elections with voters @3,000,000???

    Unlike the 10s and 100s of millions elsewhere

    No need the evil of IT or AI… Human Resource is good ENOUGH

    Opposition in Parliament don’t sit on your a$$e and collect monthly while warming your a$$e…Stand up and cool the a$$e and raise this Issue…your presence in Parliament might be an act of Charity of the evil men-in-white…ever “THOUGHT” that there could be a Ken or Chee & Dr Tan and the many worthy OPPONENTS in Parliament…if the Elections is CONducted fairly with observers following every step and inch of the way of the Ballots???

    “THINK” and you are…stop “thinking” and you will have Piles in your a$$e

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  • Boh Kia See:

    I have mentioned this before the last two elections. However, there do not seem to be any uptake on my suggestions.

    These election software can hide a myriad of tricks so they need to be checked and certified by all parties involved in an election before it can be used.

    but the opposition parties should act to protect their own interests and the interest of the country.

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  • First thing first:

    First and foremost, how many are the exact numbers of citizens excluding any fake allocated registration and identification or dead voters “if any”?

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  • xoxo:

    Electronic voting?
    More *manipulation* avails…
    Danger to humble OPPO SGS with little control.

    Question is will CIVIL SERVANTS be truly honest?

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  • opposition dude:

    Manual voting is the way to go. Singapore is a small country, a single day is more than enough to know the result. Unless these days civil servants are feeling damn lazy and want everything electronic hmm?

    And it’s great seeing cameras at Hougang where WP supporters are cheering. Electronic voting would be so boring you know. And who is to say it can’t be rigged? We have hackers hacking into Singhealth and stealing 1.5 million patient records and HIV data and it was done electronically too.

    If elections were to go digital the PAP would easily win every one of them with at least 70% of the “votes” so to speak. No one trusts PAP these days so anything that makes it look like it benefits the party is an absolute no no.

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  • Nathan Chen:

    It’s criminal for the Election Office to be part of the PMO. Period.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Is this post serious? Go and try – see if anyone dares vote against government.

    All digital votes are by NECESSITY tied to a person’s ID and kept on BLOCKCHAIN forever. Then the government will KNOW who the opposition voters are and TAKE REVENGE on those who vote against them.

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  • Mutate to natural aristocraps:

    Dear Chempostie, has the president of Singapore heard of this yet? What will the attorney-general think next? Can any interested party be unawares of the massive fraudulence with mail-in ballots and the software tampering of the Dominion voting machines taken place in the USA? How the powers-that-be on this island would be categorically different in their hands-on approach to them machines?
    Could Colonel Waldron also tell us which constituencies were “stolen” so that the oppo leaders would desist from speculation?

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  • Patriot:

    The urgent need to have an Independent Election Commission is too long overdue.
    Every democratic countries have such a Commission.
    Why delay?
    Inside the PM OFFICE, such a commmision will have to listen to the office
    inside ,instead of acting INDEPENDENTLY.
    VESTIGE OF AN INDEPENDENT COMMISION THEREFORE IS NOT THERE AT ALL.
    SINGAPOREANS DESERVE TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT ELECTION COMMISSION LIKE ANY DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES ROUND THE WORLD .
    EVEN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HAVE SUCH A COMMISSION INDEPENDENTLY.
    DONT DELAY IMPLEMENTING NOW, IF WE CLAIM TO BE FIRST WORLD COUNTRY.

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  • Curious:

    More so when any single party posted Parliamentary dominant over 2 consecutive election wins.

    All the voters particulars and address must be categorically listed and given to the other parties for them to conduct random house to house check to verify any fraudulent listing.

    I will suggest to concentrate on strongholds like AMK GRC.

    First thing first:
    First and foremost, how many are the exact numbers of citizens excluding any fake allocated registration and identification or dead voters “if any”?

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  • Talking abt strange wisdom:

    Yes, when the strange judicial wisdom went virial, Singaporeans were baffled for many years how could our great talents in the judiciary have such strange illogical logic. Then when Trump with its strange wisdom about mask n no mask and abt A white supremacist is the leadt rscialist, the long blur clears a little bit when superimposing trumpic logic to PAP logic. Singaporeans were treated to the same strange wisdom with pap ministerial interpretation of accountability when faced with popular request for PAP accountability on its policy. Singaporeans were treated to another big dose of strange legal wisdom on conflictbof interests in the appointment of The personal lawyero PM as AG. BUT the whole thing became clearer with the alert of Lee Hsien Yang n Lee Wei Ling that thre bureaucrats r compliant that will explain nicely the strange judicial wisdom, the strange minister interpretation of english word n the strange legal wisdom. The alert of dynasty agenda of their sibling became clearer.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Chempost

    >>Surely a parliamentary discussion of an electoral reform on the question of an independent election agency and a civic overseeing body, has more national interest than second hand smoking on balconies<<

    Parliamentary discussion (debate)? Fat hope, although I fully support your proposal.

    The so-called opposition in Parliament is the wayang party with several lawyers, one of whom graduated from Cambridge University. They are not interested or at least not shown any interest to advance the national and people’s interests if they believe that such issues would cause the ire of the emperor without clothes.

    As for the second hand smoking on balconies I have contacted Louis Ng who beat WP’s Sylvia Lim for the spot in Parliament for the adjournment motion who had failed to reply to my emails calling out his objectionable attempt to prevent the airing of the failure of the justice system in the Parti Liyani’s case which was just a manifestation of the prima facie lack of independence of the judiciary and that I have also shown that the Parliament Statement by Law & Home Affairs Minister to be a farce.(I have pointed out to Louis Ng that the total number of death from second hand smoking he had mentioned did not correspond to ANY death from anyone who was exposed to 2nd hand smoking from his neighbour's cigarette smoke to which Louis Ng could not and did not respond)

    So don’t expect any reform from our Parliament on this subject of the software for the voting at GE which could be manipulated………….afterall, the wayang party has not suffered from the negative effect, if any, of the unsecured voting process.

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  • Strange papic wisdom indeed:

    Yes indeed LKY has left his legacy of justice a political party n buteaucrats with strange wisdom Which he left to them. strange judiciary wisdom started when pesnut seat watmer here n not here legal ruling while he was still alive n going increasing frequently to SGH in his wheel chalr. But his teaching was perfect when humkachan explained away why pap is not accountable to singaporeans with whatever they have done n indranee explaining away why PM personal lawyer is not violating the Consitution Laws on Conflict of interest becos her Lucien is successful in his csreer but strangely she didn’t elaborate on how she found her successful. i presume pap strange wisdom of assessing an investor as successful when it loses billions upon billions n hence to be paid a salary cannot be reviewed becos its owner is Govt of Singapore as announced not too long ago by minister wong on his strange wisdom that govt of Singapore using ational funds can be privatized n that singaporeans cannot get the confirmation of its emploee salary

    Yes, very very strange wisdom.
    Today ST punished another strange wisdom about no Thaipusam procession (a6 st) but strange wisdom that they permitted n boasted of live concerts at MBS to be biggest since pandemiccurbs. very strangecwisdom isn’t it but kopitiam ah kong n ah ma saied no what money talks not wisdom. A niave young man asked what monies. The oldies say aiha why so gon eh, money gst money taxes la. So big bonus mah on top of increase in salary when your salary is cut to maintain no decrease in medien salary n no retrenchment increase. Strange wisdom, no greedy wisdom silly. The young man was sad n embarassed that he was so daft.

    Better strange wisdom when ah heng said singapore will HELP china to prosper together but his boss agreed to have an US military base in Singapore to counter n arrest China military presence. Strange that you slap one’s face n then ha ha we prosper together. Strange wisdom but more strange to than China is daft when they have so many talented scientists, engineers n medical persnnels not to talk of their young geniuses ranging from 4 years old to … Recently they have one getting his PHD n publishbin Nature top journal in Science n other related fields. Strange wisdom indeed that ah heng can con them into believing what he said. More strange is that Singapore papbthinks that thry r wiser than japan when they asked US to close their military base n sent all their troops back to US despite their presence benefits japan escortvn porn industries.

    But the strangest wisdom is the FGPAP concurred with their boss that Lao Lee can be easily conned by an young lawyer n LHY’s wife! Well strange wisdom or plain arrogant idiosy Singaporeans r derogated daft internationally n still taking the humiliation face down. Some British professor on oriental language said the Chinese has more traitors n more willing to subjugate themselves that they have one word which has no equivalent in other languages. JIAN

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  • Manual Voting is Good:

    opposition dude:
    Manual voting is the way to go. Singapore is a small country, a single day is more than enough to know the result. Unless these days civil servants are feeling damn lazy and want everything electronic hmm?

    Agree, manual voting is the way to go. As a programmer, I know it’s easy to write software to compromise the voting result.

    As a volunteer in election day counting center, I feel that video cameras could be installed above the votes counting table. The live video feed could be fed to screens for counting agents to watch. Video cameras are ubiquitous now a day and it’s easy to set up. The Election department may also wish to consider live-streaming (like to Youtube) the counting process to show the world how clean our election process is. Let’s take the lead.

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  • Hawking Eyes:

    There is a damn thing the government can do whether I vote for the PAP or the Opposition. People should not be scared in excercising their democratic right. I am certainly not.

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  • Votes: to count or not count?:

    What good is an “elitist banana republic” to educated sheeples toiling under those dirt-rich manipulators?

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  • Tremendous:

    The paper voting method is more effective. The digital method is prone to all forms of abuse under the sun. It happens everywhere, never mind if some chiefs claim they are whiter than snow.

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  • opposition dude:

    Manual Voting is Good: Agree, manual voting is the way to go. As a programmer, I know it’s easy to write software to compromise the voting result.

    As a volunteer in election day counting center, I feel that video cameras could be installed above the votes counting table. The live video feed could be fed to screens for counting agents to watch. Video cameras are ubiquitous now a day and it’s easy to set up. The Election department may also wish to consider live-streaming (like to Youtube) the counting process to show the world how clean our election process is. Let’s take the lead.

    Not a programmer myself but agree with you bro. And sure, PAP can let all look at the source code but data transmitted to a server somewhere, who is looking at that server? Definitely not opposition vote counters for sure.

    I think what we have now is good enough since there are opposition counting agents at the same table as PAP ones and they also take the same bus to the counting centres. This is a very very big risk for PAP should they be found out that there was tempering.

    And if you are confident that you will win then why the need for electronic voting? Because you can’t accept the fact that you can’t get 65% of the votes and that you will continue losing more seats to the opposition?

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  • Ah Ong:

    Ni-men TMD naive leh.

    I teach you younglings how to play numbers har:

    1. Prepare more IDs to scan hehehe…
    a. can scan dead one
    b. can scan expired one
    c. can scan PR one
    d. can scan work permit one
    e. can scan just born one
    f. can scan senile one

    2. Can scan many times the same one hehehe…

    3. Can use USB to update

    4. Can connect to internet

    5. Can change + to -, – to + then use x and can adjust %

    6. Can make the picture show Tom but when you click on touch screen Tom, the vote counts as Harry then every 5 click Tom, one will flip to Harry automatically until use USB or Internet to update patches to 10-for-1 or 3-for-5

    7. Can adjust facial recognition to recognize Tom, but when Harry is there, it will confirm as Tom also … hehehehehe…

    8. MOST importantly, no logs, no records, cannot check cannot audit cannot see source code to protect IPs of hanky-panky changes

    9. and delete data 1 day after result. format the harddisk 30 times and sent it to senoko

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  • PAP GAME THE NATION:

    ALL COMPUTER SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE CAN BE MANIPULATED !!!

    DON’T TRUST YOUR EYES, ALL THE TIME, OR EVEN YOUR EARS !!!

    JUST LIKE MAGIC, SOFTWARES CAN BE MANIPULATED !!!

    FAKE NEWS, JUST FACT CHECK IT !!!

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