Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching; Xinhua

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, under the guise of the Election Department, has triggered election-fixing fears among Singaporeans after his proxy announced that a new machine would be used to count votes instead of humans.

The new vote counting machines however would only achieve a projected 60 minutes time-saving when the actual counting process would take around 6 hours.

As a new variable, the machines would also eliminate accountability for vote-counting agents and like all machines, it can be tampered. Upon hearing the news yesterday (Nov 20), many Singaporeans suspected that the dishonest totalitarian government is trying to rig the vote counting process to retain its dictatorial powers.

There has been no information released on the vote counting machines, its manufacturer, its counting algorithm and specifications. The Election Department, which reports directly under the Prime Minister’s Office, would only state that the machines are not connected to the internet, battery-operated, comes with an LED display to declare the results and “similar to bank notes counting machines”.

However, the Election Department unknowingly disseminated a fake news because bank notes counting machines do not differentiate defacement or any marking on the notes. These bank notes counting machines only count its quantity.

In addition, the counting process could still be rigged as the machine’s placement position and their usage are arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Election Department has also introduced a new E-registration system that would eliminate identity verification of a person by a polling agent. There is no information furnishing the design and specifications of the E-registration system either.

It is also stated that the E-registration system would go through a public tender in the first quarter of 2019. This would mean that some three months after the tender award, the machines would be ready and a trial run would be completed by the third quarter of 2019. The election would then logically be ready by the last quarter of 2019.