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Published: Friday April 16, 2010 MYT 12:28:00 PMUpdated: Friday April 16, 2010 MYT 2:55:31 PM
BY EDWARD R. HENRY
SHAH ALAM: Polling for the by-election in the Sibu parliamentary constituency has been set for May 16 and nomination of candidates will be on May 8, the Election Commission said.
This will be the 11th by-election in the nation after the last general election in March 8, 2008.
Its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof said the eight days of campaign would end at midnight of May 16.
“We want all parties to observe the cooling off period from midnight of May 16 until the polls are closed. All campaign activities including cajoling for votes and putting up party flags must stop,” he said at the
Bluewave Hotel here Friday.
The by-election was called after Deputy Transport Minister and Sibu five-term MP Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew died on April 9 after a long battle with liver cancer.
In the 2008 general election, Lau retained the largely
urban seat with a 3,549-vote majority, beating Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng and PKR’s Lim Chin Chuang in a three cornered fight.
The electoral roll to be used in the by-election has a total of 54,695 voters, including 2,537 postal voters.
“We have updated the electoral roll up to April 9 and these are the number of voters that will go to the polls,” said Aziz after handing the writ of appointment to Sibu district officer Wong See Meng, as the Sibu by-election director.
Of the registered voters, 5,740 comprise Malays (10.5 %), 36,389 Chinese (66.7 %), 54 Indians (0.1%), 218 Bumi Sabah (4%), 12, 050 Bumi Sarawak (22.1%), orang asli 23 (0.04%) and 71 others (0.13%).
Barisan Nasional is expected to field the Sibu Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) assistant treasurer, Robert Lau Hui Yew.
For DAP, which is representing Pakatan Rakyat in the poll, it has yet to decide on its candidate.
Opposition chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is expected to announce the name of the candidate this Sunday.
Aziz said for the nomination and vote counting would be done officially at the Dewan Suarah Sibu.
For the counting of the postal votes, it would be done at the Sibu district office while there will be 45 polling stations that involves 39 schools, two kindergartens, one training centre, one library, one recreation
centre that in total includes 110 channels, he said.
Aziz added that 1,149 officers had been enlisted to ensure the by-election runs in a smooth manner.
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