Saturday, April 16, 2011

So far in Sarawak...

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin denied claims that the opposition has clinched their victory in the Sarawak state election.

He said this was just a crude attempt at psywar in the face of a bleak outcome, which saw de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leaving the state .

Meanwhile,the Election Commission said about 800 voting centres have closed by noon today, with a total of 233,134 voters or 21.72 percent of voters in Sarawak having completed their democratic obligation.

The EC had predicted more than 75 percent voter turnout by closing time at 5.00 pm, with the first results expected to be known by 8 pm.

BN has set its sight on keeping its two-thirds majority in the 71-seat state assembly, while the opposition representing the bulk of peninsula-based parties and a handful of local parties seem bent on denying this by fighting hard to win the 24 seats to keep the former from achieving their target.

Most closely-watched are the 19 Chinese-dominated urban seats in Miri, Sibu and Kuching which see intense face-off between BN’s SUPP and the DAP.

Also fiercely contested are the outlying seats of Ba’ Kelalan, Belaga and Pelagus which see three-way fights with SNAP coming in between.

SNAP’s plays the spoiler, which is seen as giving the edge to BN.

By about 2.00 pm while votes were still being counted, the opposition made a crude spin to influence the voters in the other areas by saying that Ba’ Kelalan had been won by Baru Bian.

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