MIRI: A last-minute rush to check and reconfirm voters’ polling stations was the order of the day throughout Sarawak yesterday.
The polling stations located in schools and longhouses in interior Sarawak were the busiest as thousands of voters made their way to the balloting venues.
Election Commission (EC) workers and longhouse residents worked together to ensure a smooth polling process in rural constituencies.
There was an air of communal togetherness as food and drinks were prepared for politicians and their workers as well as the government officials who were working with the EC.
On the eve of polling day, the weather was generally fine throughout northern Sarawak and that enabled voters from cities and towns to get back to their interior hometowns in time for polling day.
Voters in SIBU were also ready for polling day. However, a large percentage of the voters, especially the Chinese, were considered fence-sitters.
Many are still undecided as to who they should cast their vote for – the Opposition or the Barisan Nasional.
Some were unsure if the Opposition would make good representatives if elected while others wanted issues such as the rising cost of living to be addressed by Barisan.
Previous state elections reported a voter turnout of between 70% and 80% here.
Meanwhile in KUCHING, there was a subdued atmosphere in the state capital as people prepare to go to the polls.
The state election has largely been overshadowed by the helicopter crash near Sebuyau on Thursday, claiming the life of a deputy minister while search operations continue for five others.
There are a number of seats to watch in Kuching, particularly in Batu Kawah where SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian is going up against DAP incumbent Christina Chiew and Barisan Nasional-friendly independent Liu Thian Leong.
Another is the new seat of Batu Kitang, which is seeing a five-way fight between Barisan’s Lo Khere Chiang, DAP’s Abdul Aziz Isa, PKR’s Voon Shiak Ni and two independents.
Elsewhere, EC workers made final preparations for polling day, with some of them escorting the ballot boxes to places such as Marudi.