Can­di­date for Pe­tra Jaya chief lodges re­port over date change

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KUCH­ING: Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) Pe­tra Jaya branch chief can­di­date Iswardy Morni has lodged a po­lice re­port at Sim­pang Tiga po­lice sta­tion, over the last-minute change of elec­tion date.

Based on the polling sched­ule dis­trib­uted by the PKR elec­tion cen­tral com­mit­tee last week, he said PKR Pe­tra Jaya was sup­posed to hold its elec­tion yes­ter­day – at the 11th hour, how­ever, it was de­ferred to to­day (Nov 11).

“No rea­son was given, but we sus­pected that it was de­lib­er­ate to con­fuse the vot­ers and bring down the num­ber (of turnout),” said Iswardy when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

It is learnt that the vot­ing cen­tre for PKR Pe­tra Jaya is the Seri Liny Ho­tel at Jalan Haji Taha here.

Mean­while, the polls for PKR Ban­dar Kuch­ing branch, which has 557 reg­is­tered vot­ers, took place at PKR Sarawak head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

When con­tacted, the branch’s elec­tion per­son-in-charge Si­mon Sia Sy­gen re­garded the process as ‘a smooth af­fair, which went on with­out any hitch or al­ter­ca­tion’.

“Every­body has been quite civil – this is some­thing that we Sarawakians should be proud of,” he said, adding that they had ex­pected a turnout of at least 100 vot­ers – ‘quite a nor­mal num­ber’, ac­cord­ing to him.

In Se­rian, PKR mem­bers cast their votes at SJKC Se­rian mul­ti­pur­pose hall, while those in Kota Sa­ma­ra­han did so at the hall of the In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tute (ILP) there.

To­day, the PKR party polls will take place in Pe­tra Jaya – still at Seri Liny Ho­tel, the Pan­dan Es­cape at Jalan Lundu-Pan­dan for PKR San­tubong branch, PKR Sarawak head­quar­ters (PKR Stampin), and Pun­cak Bor­neo Par­lia­men­tary ser­vice cen­tre in Kam­pung Bratan (PKR Mam­bong).

E-vot­ing is set to com­mence at 9am and con­clude at 4pm.

Iswardy speaks to re­porters af­ter find­ing out that the elec­tion date for PKR Pe­tra Jaya branch has been changed to to­day.

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