Election Commission prepares for Sabah polls

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Jul 2003

KOTA KINABALU: The Election Commission is starting preparations for the next state polls – with 10 months to go before elections have to be called. 

State Election Officer Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad said the commission hoped to get some 230,000 eligible Sabahans to sign up as voters ahead of the polls. 

“We are checking premises in the state that have been identified as polling centres to see if they are appropriate,” he said yesterday after meeting Sabah Barisan Nasional party officials. 

He said the commission would change these centres, like if the locations were found to be inaccessible to voters. 

Mokhtar said he had requested the Sabah Barisan component parties to help register new voters.  

The commission, he said, was dispatching mobile registration teams to shopping centres in the city, Kudat, Tawau, Semporna and Keningau on every third weekend until the end of the year. 

“We are providing every opportunity to register voters,” Mokhtar said, adding that the state had 757,090 voters. 

He said procrastination was among the main reasons people did not register as voters. 

Apart from briefing Sabah Barisan officials about the new delineated boundaries and amendments in the election laws, he also to reminded them about the additional electoral rolls on display.  

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