I received quite a few calls from local residents I personally know who told me that they were able to wash off the ink with dishwashing detergent. The problem, it appears, is that the ink dries too slowly. It seems people who washed their hands not too long after going home from the polls were able to get rid of the ink quite easily.
Sadly, this was not the only problem we encountered. Our district had 14 polling stations, all at local schools, with representatives from our party monitoring each one. At two of them, we recorded instances of suspicious vehicles driving in and out of the schools while the polls were still open; we were able to block suspicious vehicles from entering other stations. We don’t know what they were carrying, but we worried it could be fake ballots.
“When the polls closed, elections staff asked our party’s monitors to ‘take a break’ and leave the room. Of course, we refused”
But that wasn’t all. In one station, my party’s staff reported seeing a polling agent marking ballots for senior citizens. And in the polling station where I was based, we noticed quite a few foreigners, immigrants from Myanmar, coming in to vote. These recent arrivals to Malaysia had their papers in order, but it was clear to us that they had been given these papers for the sole purpose of casting their ballots. [Other opposition groups have made similar allegations
about foreigners having been “fast-tracked” for citizenship in order to vote.] In this same station, when the polls closed, the elections staff asked all our party’s staff to “take a break” and leave the room. Of course, we refused.
All this happened in a heavily-monitored district of the capital. I’m worried about what this means for the rest of the country!