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ELD dismisses ‘disappearing ink’ allegations regarding X-Stamp for PE2023 poll

The Elections Department (ELD) has confirmed that marks made by the X-stamp during the Presidential Election on Friday (1 Sept) will be permanent.

Responding to online misinformation, ELD reaffirmed the oil-based ink’s durability, refuting claims of “disappearing ink” treatment.



SINGAPORE: The Elections Department (ELD) has reaffirmed that the marks produced by the X-stamp, slated for use on the ballot paper during the Presidential Election on Friday (1 September), will endure permanently.

Addressing a renewed wave of misleading information circulating on the internet, the ELD released a statement on Thursday (31 Aug).

This statement was intended to debunk the resurgence of false claims suggesting that the newly introduced X-stamp for voting purposes had been subjected to a treatment involving “disappearing ink.”

To dispel these misconceptions, the ELD emphatically emphasized that the claims of disappearing ink associated with the X-stamp are untrue.

“The marks made using the X-stamp are permanent. The ink used in the X-stamp is oil-based and is water and temperature resistant.”

The ELD highlighted that The new improved X-stamp, which is wider and more clearly intended to serve as a stamp, will be used in PE2023.

It is not compulsory to use the X-stamp and voters may bring their own pens to mark the ballot papers.

“ELD is committed to ensuring voting security and secrecy and has put in place rigorous controls at every step of the voting process to ensure this.”

Singaporeans cast their vote on Friday to elect their ninth president from three candidates

In a separate statement, the ELD also observed that as polling commenced on Friday morning, certain polling stations across the island experienced the formation of queues.

Given that the voting process will extend until 8 pm, the ELD has offered guidance to voters, suggesting that they consider arriving at their designated polling stations later in the day, particularly during the afternoon hours when queues typically tend to be shorter.

“We seek voters’ patience and understanding as we clear the morning queue, ” said ELD.

There are a total of 2,709,455 eligible voters in the updated voter rolls – an increase of over 55,000 people from the 2,653,942 electors in GE2020.

On Friday, Singaporeans will be voting to elect their ninth president from three candidates: Mr Ng Kok Song (75), the former GIC investment chief; Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam (66), a former senior minister of the People’s Action Party; and Mr Tan Kin Lian (75), the former NTUC Income chief.

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The space within the chosen box on the ballot paper can be treated with special chemical which would do the right thing ,one may guess .Just hope that is no the case.

ELD, did a good job of planning the voting sites. However, they should have allowed the two hundred citizens to vote. This is a removal of constitution right to vote. All Singaporeans living abroad should have been allowed to vote without the 30day criteria attached.

Whether the ink can disappear or not, makes no difference. For decades from the way the locals have been voting ,be it General election or Presidential election, the moment these locals go to the poll stations, THEIR BRAINS DISAPPEARED!
Blame father mother weather also no use, only blame your own breed for getting screwed!😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤣

I brought my own pen .

Contingency purposes? HAHAHAHA!!

Hope fully not ” Ownself Stamp Ownself” . Why cannot stick to ball pen? Why must change to rubber stamp? What do you think? Any comments

How to trust nowadays?

Can even overprint voting cards

Just to be “safe and sure” use your own ball-point 🖊️🖊️to”X” with a little more pressure the appropriate box on the ballot paper.

C’mon, … who started or stirred up this nonsense. Think it through please, … as was rightly pointed out by “A country sold out” 👇🏿 below. For this nonsense to have gained any traction, at all, … just illustrates, how naive, gullible and dense the electorate truly are. Anyways, back to reality, and, … one can safely anticipate that most of the “disappearing” votes will be, … for the peoples favourite, Tharman, and we’ll all wake up tomorrow, … to a bright and glorious Saturday, with the promise of more of the same old shit !!! The bleedin red dot… Read more »

What would be good is the Returning Officer announcing the results by precincts.

That way, we can know how each candidate fared at the micro level. It would be interesting to know how many precincts each candidate won or lost and by what margin.

But I doubt if the Returning Officer will announce the results by precincts.

Must we believe what they says? Who did the checks or audits? Ownself check and audit ownself? If all else fails, they can still blame the vendor just like the double polling slip.

In the course of 3 years since GE2020, there was an increase of 55,000 voters. If we were to deduct those voters that passed on since then, the increase in the number of voters will be more than 55,000. How many are actually Singapore born? And how many are new citizens from these increased in numbers who are likely to vote for Pappy?


If many bring Pen, then it may suggest Trust Is Lost

I asked someone, they voted and say can bring own pen but better not too watery type that will smudge. Draw straight lines to make a X.

They claim won’t disappear. Maybe true. But where is the proof? Is it someone has collected samples to test its really indelible ink?