The final leg of the PKR election starts today and our reporters on the ground have been busy covering the election process in the 21 scheduled branches today. Here are their updates.
Those having their party election today besides PetraJaya, Serian, Bandar Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Kanowit, Miri, Lubok Antu, Batang Sadong, Batang Lupar, Betong, Saratok, Julau, Lanang, Mukah, Selangau, Kapit, Hulu Rajang, Bintulu, Baram, Limbang and Lawas.
There are about 51,000 eligible members across Sarawak who are eligible to cast their votes. The voting time starts from 9am till 4pm, while results is expected around 5pm today.
Petra Jaya’s polling rescheduled, police report lodged
PETRA JAYA: The election process at PKR Petra Jaya’s branch was in turmoil this morning as the voting process that was suppose to take place at 9am at Seri Liny Hotel in Jalan Haji Taha had been completely scrapped, leaving disappointed voters no choice but to head home.
According to Petra Jaya branch chief, Iswardy Morni, the polling date in his branch had been changed suddenly from today to tomorrow (Nov 11).
He was insistent that polls should be carried out today as scheduled.
“We are now waiting for five tablets from Kuching Branch to vote for e-voting,” he said.
The e-voting was supposed to start at 9am and end at 4pm.
Later on, Iswardy announced that he would be lodging a police report at the Simpang Tiga police station at 1pm today as the sudden change of their election date was suspicious.
“No reasons were given but we have the suspicion that it was deliberate to confuse and bring down the number of voters,” said Iswardy when contacted.
By changing the date of the election at the last minute, this he said will confuse the members in Petra Jaya when they should be coming down to vote.
Smooth sailing for Kota Samarahan
KOTA SAMARAHAN: The PKR election process that is schedule to be held at the Kota Samarahan Industrial Training Institue has started and the process is going smoothly.
Although there were two camps present that were still fiercely campaigning for candidates Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Rafizi Ramli at the entrance of the polling centre, no incidents of commotion took place.
Seamless start of the election at Bandar Kuching
KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) election process for Bandar Kuching Branch has started smoothly today with 557 members eligible to vote for this election.
Bandar Kuching PKR branch chief, Simon Siah who won unopposed for the post, said today’s poll started at 9am this morning will end at 4pm this evening.
“So far the polling process has gone smoothly without any incidents of commotion and the decision will be announced this evening by the head of the task force,” he said.
In addition to winning the Kuching City Branch chief without contest, Siah, who is a lawyer, also competing for the post of AMK Central Vice-Head.
Rain in Sibu, but all is well
SIBU: The party election for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Lanang branch here went smoothly today. Nevertheless, the momentum has yet to pick up perhaps due to the rain.
A party worker there told reporters that nearly 60 people have turned up to cast their votes.
It is learned that PKR Lanang has about 2,000 members.
Spotted at Julau: a wave of Rafizi supporters
JULAU: If yellow shirts were anything to go by, the PKR election in Julau here today is being dominated by a team aligned to Rafizi Ramli.
The about 1,000 voters who turned at Julau Sports Complex as early as 8am were supposed to be voting for the ‘Reformasi 20 Tahun’ team aligned to Rafizi who is involved in a steep contest with Azmin Ali for PKR’s deputy President post.
However, some who doned on yellow shirts were seen entering the rival’s booth which almost sparked tension between the two groups.
Fortunately, it happened right under the nose of an duty policemen who managed to calm down the situation right away.
Another tense situation happened when a member aligned to Rafizi, Andy Wong Hong Yu was denied entry into the polling station.
The situation was successfully defused by the police.
For the record, Andy Wong was PKR candidate for Julau seat in 2013 general election.
To ensure no recurrence of untoward incidents a team of police’s Light Strike Force was put on standby at hot spots.
Julau District Police Chief, DSP Bidol Noyeng when met at scene believed that among the crowd of voters some were just supporters and not eligible to vote.
Apart from slight misunderstanding at the registration booth and at the entrance of the polling station, the election process had been smooth, he said, while expressing hope that supporters of both camps would refrain from provoking one another.
He warned that, the police would not hesitate to act accordingly if situation warranted.
Meanwhile, a senior part member expected about 10,000 voters turnout at both Julau and Pakan polling stations.
They were to cast their votes online and with 80 tablets provided the voting process was expected to be done accordingly before 4pm deadline.
Meanwhile, Rafizi were among those present at the polling centre to observe the election process. Also present was Julau MP Larry Sng.
More updates to follow.