EC urged to explain alleged voting centre change issue

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has urged the Election Commission (EC) to clarify the issue of voters’ polling centres which he claimed had been changed without prior notice.

The DAP, he said, would write to the EC as such a situation never happened during previous Sarawak state elections and it would inconvenience voters in carrying out their duty.

“If you are a registered voter, please check the EC website to identify your voting centre.

“For that purpose, we are setting up a booth to check voters’ registration and help them identify their voting centres,” Bernama reported him as saying at a press conference at the DAP Sarawak headquarters yesterday.

Chong said one case involved a voter who had resided in Kuching for years and voted in the Pending seat, but found out that he and his wife now had to cast their ballots in Sarikei instead.

He also claimed that the standard operating procedure for the state election was not set with the purpose of curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Chong argued that in 64 state constituencies where physical ceramah (political talks) were allowed, the SOP stated that such talks must be held indoors and not outdoors.

However, he noted, medical experts would say that the virus spreads easily indoors.

The EC on Sunday announced that face-to-face ceramah or talks in the campaign period of the 12th Sarawak state election were only allowed in 64 constituencies with poor Internet access.

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