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Drastic & Dramatic (Part 2) – why a ambiguous system being used?

doiwl 20 September 2007 10:47 pm

I suppose that this is the first time of MMU history where SRC Election have to be cancelled half way.

This is also the first time, the Election Committee decided not to use the CMEAD production of e-ballot system, and instead use a simple voting website, hosted on the Internet, called BALLOT-BOX (source) for the SRC General Election.

The Ballot Session was cancelled halfway. I wouldn’t comment on which department did wrongly. I would rather comment on this Ballot-Box system itself (if it is really being used during the SRC General Election Ballot Session earlier today.)

A major flaw exists in this Ballot-Box system that makes it intolerable for a General Election. This website is way too simple like ”main masak-masak”.

Flaw #1: The admin are allowed to EDIT or TAMPER with the votes.

Flaw #2: Or… if you choose not to edit the votes, you can edit the options (switch the names of different contestants)
At first the Candidate B is gaining 2 votes, now I can switch the names.

Flaw #3: This is according to the MMU SRC Election Rules & Regulations, if I’m not mistaken sounds like this: a voter must vote for only 5 contestants. Hah, but I can vote for 1,2,3,4,6,7 as I wish in this system.

In the traditional CMEAD built system, a voter can only vote once, and he / she can only be voting 5 contestants, more or less than it will not pass the javascript validation. (By the way, there is a minor mistakes of the traditional CMEAD e-ballot system also because it forbids the right to cast a blank vote.)

If students’ representative of MMU Cyberjaya are being chosen using this system, in my opinion I would say that it should be considered void as well!

Haih, I cannot believe that no MMU staff are able to design this e-ballot system. We still have lots of FIST and FIT academicians & undergraduates who won in various programming competitions, right?

In my opinion, the “connection down” incident happened today allowed us to look deeply into this issue. Nothing can be done if any contestants challenge the result of today’s election - such a simple design cannot allow us to audit/recount the votes.

Ok, that’s all until now. I am willing to help and share my ideas on the design of this e-ballot system. Is there anyone doing FYP on this? Maybe I should propose this title when it is my turn to do the FYP.

(I’m proud as a MMU student when I was in alpha year, the e-ballot system was great and it was very efficient.

Anyway now I would say that it is time to understand the source code.)




  1. 这个系统可以修改票数。哇,你想想看用一个这么儿戏的东西来进行选举?
  2. OK,如果不要从票数那里改,这个系统还允许admin修改选项!
    假设原本Candidate B得2票。我不修改票数,可是我可以修改选项秩序!
    看到了吗?我可以把原本的名字和别人的名字(Candidate A & B)对调。
  3. 另外一点是根据MMU选举的规矩,GM1选区一定要投选5个人,多过或者少过5个在MMU传统的电子投票系统里面是完全不能通过,就是投不到票。但是在这个不知名的系统里面,完全不能知道到底谁投了废票!(另注:不过传统的mmu投票系统也是存有缺陷,就是剥夺了投废票的权利)

如果说MMU Cyberjaya也是使用这一个投票系统的话,那我只能说通过不formal,不正规的系统来投出来的人士没有公信力!


就算全部MMU CMEAD 或者ICEMS的职员都不会做这个系统,不过不要忘记还有这么多FIST和FIT的教授和学生,没有人不会吧。真是奇耻大辱!



2 Responses to “Drastic & Dramatic (Part 2) – why a ambiguous system being used?”

  1. wind_fengon 21 Sep 2007 at 11:21 am

    want me code?
    haha.. seemed challenging

  2. doiwlon 23 Sep 2007 at 3:05 am

    pro programmer, worth a try right, hehe…

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