Updates on Sibu by election – nearly closing time
Published: Sunday May 16, 2010 MYT 1:47:00 PM
Updated: Sunday May 16, 2010 MYT 2:22:57 PM
Independent Narawi confident of retaining his deposit this time
By PHILIP HII
SIBU: Independent candidate for the Sibu by-election, Narawi Haron cast his vote at SK Ulu Sungai Merah, KM 14 Oya Road at 10.10 am, saying that he was confident he would keep his deposit this time.
Narawi came to the school unaccompanied by supporters, as was the case on nomination day last Saturday.
Narawi, 60, told reporters that he was quite sure of securing at least 4,000 votes and, so, would be able to retain his deposit.
“God willing, anything can happen,” he said, adding that he expected to get more Chinese vote this time.
If he succeeds, he would improve on his 1995 general election showing when he garnered only 975 votes and lost his deposit.
The late Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew obtained 19,138 votes and won the seat for Barisan Nasional. DAP’s Wong Ho Leng, who also contested on that day, got 15,903 votes.
Earlier this morning, Narawi spent time inspecting several polling stations before going to SK Ulu Sungai Merah to cast his vote.
Some 100 voters who had waited outside the school gate came as early as 7.30am to vote. Many of them were elderly people accompanied by their children.
There are 1,566 voters in this polling centre with the majority of them being Iban and Malay from nearby longhouses and kampungs.
From Kampong Jeriah alone there are 216 voters and 31 of them had come back from other towns to vote.
Sarawak Election Commission workers and police porsonnel were present to maintain order and assist voters, particularly the elderly ones, to get to the correct polling booths.
Polling was smooth and orderly.
Published: Sunday May 16, 2010 MYT 2:07:00 PM
Updated: Sunday May 16, 2010 MYT 3:04:11 PM
Floods cause 2 polling centres to open an hour later
SIBU: Two polling centres were forced to open an hour later after the Rejang River broke its banks causing ankle-high flood waters at the two stations in the town’s outskirts.
However, voting began at 9pm and all voters are expected to be able to cast their ballots.
The sudden rise in the river level also caught many party workers and voters unawares as several housing areas were also affected.
By about lunchtime, the water level had fallen and the residents started making their way to the polling stations.
Meanwhile, Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof dismissed criticisms by DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng that EC workers were not well trained.
“I have not received any complaints from the other two candidates. I have also inspected a few of the stations and I see that everything is in order,” Aziz said.
He was responding to Wong’s comments that polling agents were not allowed into certain centres ahead of schedule as was normally done.
Meanwhile, Wong, who is also the opposition leader, looked composed, wearing his favourite dark red short-sleeve shirt. He said he felt good and ready for the polling results in the evening.
“This is a lucky colour,” he said referring to the shirt that he said he had been having for 15 years.
He was accompanied by his wife, Irene Chang who also cast her vote at the same school and eldest daughter Suzanne Wong, 17.