An inquiry at the EC around mid-day found that the EC is still at lost on the production of 4 state constituency when the nomination for the state elections is due within 48 hours! The EC staff by the name Dayang had to ask around a few times to come to the following reply: there is a printed roll on sales-but the soft copy contain mistakes such that the EC can’t sell it! It is strange that the hard copy can be alright while a soft copy of the same roll can be faulty! Or may be the hard copy do differ from the soft copy afterall? May be some checking is needed!
The 4 seats without a soft copy of its electoral roll are: Baleh, Pelagus, Kartibas and Asa Jaya. Some big shots are running in these seats-including PRS president James Masing in Baleh. The extended delay in producing the soft copy of the electoral rolls is producing speculations that may be the rolls are being doctored to include more postal voters to fix some parties in the elections!
The PRS has been speculated as the BN party most likely to jump ship should Pakatan come close to take over from BN. The party president has been making ambivalent statements where he keep a distance from the stand of the state government eg over the cause of the log-jam in Rejang river some months back. James Masing reportedly insist that the disaster was the handiwork of irresponsible loggers while the state government insist that it was simply due to extraordinary downpour.
The EC updated the rolls up to end of 2010 ie 31st Dec 3010. It has more than 3 months to produce the rolls -even considering that it has to include all the voting stream number onto the rolls. It has no excuse to delay the rolls’ publication. It probably boil down to incompetence or a likely attempt at doctoring the rolls. Both are not acceptable!