Multi-cornered fights break out across Sarawak -eg 6-cornered fights in Belaga, 3 corner fights in Batu Lintang(PKR’s See Chee Hau vs Lina Soo Vs SUPP), Padungan(Dominic Ng Vs SUPP Vs DAP), Sadong Jaya etc etc. 1-to-1 fight can still be seen in Pending (DAP’s Violet Yong Vs SUPP), and Lawas (PKR’s Baru Bian vs SPDP). The more multi-cornered fights there are the easier for the incumbent to hold on to power. However in view of the candidates going for multi-corner fights it cannot be said that they have any link with a Taib link-with a number coming from the party which send a candidate in the same constituency.
A number of issue arose during nomnation: a number of Returning Officer refused to exhibit the nomination papers to the public, as required by law. They are the ROs from Padungan, Pending & Bengoh. In sibu our observers reported similar situation in Nangka and Bawan Asan. MEO-Net will file official complaint to the EC, after message to EC chariman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz got no response. Under the law the voters have a right to view the nomination paper and to raise objections. The RO above only exhibit the nomination paper in side the compound of the nomination center where only party supporters and media with SPR pass can enter. So only a couple of hundreds of people can see the nomination paper-thus denyng the rights of majority of the voters of their rights. This is the 1st black mark of the elections which other wise is well run and peaceful.
Another issue is the long time to resolve some objections to candidates. In Padungan it took from 11.00am-12.30noon before the issues was resolved to allow all nominated persons to be accepted. In other locations the extended debate gave rise to walk-over victories to 1 side of the contest when their opponent still can’t get out of the objections.
More to come.