Allegations that indelible ink can be easily removed by washing may be due to failure by the Election Commission (EC) staff to follow procedures.

EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said today following the allegations, the EC ran some tests yesterday and as a result, fingers smeared with ink from shaken bottles lasted longer than the others.

NONE"Not withstanding the impact of indelible ink, the EC like to emphasise that early voters who voted on April 30 2013 cannot vote again on May 5 because their names do not exist in the electoral roll for ordinary voters," he said in a statement late last night.

Kamaruddin said the EC will continue to use indelible ink on May 5, 2013 in accordance with the requirements of the law currently in force. 

The EC received the information via social networking sites with photograph of an early voter showing the indelible could be easily removed by washing.

- Bernama