The Nationalist Party is proposing an Amendment to the Electoral Law that votes should be manually checked for irregular marks before they are passed through a scanner. The PN’s Secretary General Clyde Puli said that scanning will still be able to commence at 7 am on the Sunday morning.
Puli said that Party representatives together with Electoral Commissioners would be enabled to decide regarding dubious votes. He said the Amendment is being proposed because scanner tests carried out last month showed the system had not detected 5% of invalid votes. He added the PN is proposing the Amendment, together with another Amendment so as to ensure that the votes reflect the wishes of the electorate as well as to ensure there is no tampering.
Puli said that if this Amendment is accepted, it will replace an Amendment being proposed by the Labour Party that the Parties be given a copy of votes as well as data over the three months after the votes have been counted. The PN is proposing that if anybody is caught making copies of votes or data the Parties have access to in the counting hall should face increased fines rising from €1,000 to €10,000 as well as increasing the sentence to 12 months imprisonment.
Clyde Puli augured the Government accepts these Amendments so that electronic counting will be more transparent, will be just and will be free from tampering and will ensure the electoral process is not prejudiced. He said the Opposition is prepared to help these Amendments to be passed through Parliament in the shortest time possible.