PKR branch chief candidate lodges police report over date change
KUCHING: PKR Petra Jaya branch chief candidate Iswardy Morni lodged a police report at the Simpang Tiga police station here yesterday after the election date for the branch was changed in the eleventh hour.
Based on the polling schedule distributed by the PKR election central committee last week, the PKR Petra Jaya branch was supposed to hold its election yesterday but instead was deferred to today.
“No reasons were given but we suspected that it was deliberate to confuse and bring down the number of voters,” said Iswardy when contacted yesterday.
By changing the date of the election at the last minute, this he said will confuse members in Petra Jaya on when they should be coming down to cast their votes at the voting centre held at Seri Liny Hotel, in Jalan Haji Taha.
Meanwhile, the voting for the PKR Bandar Kuching branch which has 557 members or registered voters was held at the PKR Sarawak headquarters here yesterday.
When contacted, the election branch’s person-in-charge Simon Sia Sygen said the election was a smooth affair that went without a a hitch or altercation.
“Everybody has been quite civil, this is something that we Sarawakians should be proud of,” said Sia.
He further added that they expected a turnout of at least 100 voters - which he said is quite normal for the PKR Bandar Kuching branch.
Meanwhile, members from PKR Serian also cast their votes at the SJK(C) Serian multipurpose hall while PKR members in Kota Samarahan cast theirs at the Industrial Training Institute (ILP) hall.
Today, the PKR party polls will be held for the Petra Jaya branch (at the same venue), PKR Santubong branch at Pandan Escape in Jalan Lundu-Pandan, PKR Stampin branch at the PKR Sarawak headquarters, and PKR Mambong branch at the Puncak Borneo MP service centre, Kampung Bratan.
All the e-voting exercise will start at 9am and scheduled to end at 4pm.