Video Cameras To Be Set Up At All Polling Streams In Kimanis, EC Assures Voter Secrecy Won’t Be Compromised

BEAUFORT: The Election Commission will be installing video cameras at all 68 polling streams in the 19 polling districts in the Kimanis by-election to ensure transparency during the electoral process.

EC chairman Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said that secrecy of the ballots would not be compromised with the setting up of the cameras in the polling streams during the Jan 18 polls.

“The cameras would not in anyway compromise the secrecy of the voter’s ballot when they mark it,” he said, adding that the placing of the candidates’ agents will remain without change within the polling streams.

He said that the placing of the cameras in the polling streams was to record the situation in the place and was being done in accordance with procedural guidelines.

He said the recordings would also help in monitoring the situations at polling streams as well as allow EC officers to review if the process of election was carried out in accordance with the set guidelines.

“It will also be used to assist in future training and improving the election process,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 14).

The Kimanis by-election is a straight fight between Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Mohamad Alamin and Parti Warisan Sabah’s Datuk Karim Bujang.

The by-election was called after an Election Court declared the May 2019 Kimanis election results null and void after it found discrepancies including unaccounted additional votes in some ballot boxes.