Sarawak EC’s chief Dato Takun Sunggah boasted that the 10th Sarawak state elections was run well with no complaints from election petitions and no disputes between EC workers and polling agents. On both counts he was factually wrong: while there was only 1 election petition there were numerous cases where election petitions were avoided due to lack of confidence in the Election judges, where few complaints had been upheld in the last half a century! Secondly there were heated arguments in a number of cases from nomination to vote announcements eg in Muara Tuang-nomination disputes ran to 3.00pm, Senadin, vote announcement disputes ran into the middle of the night!
Let’s look at his boast on efficiency: the soft copy of 4 constituencies were were not ready for sales along all others-only ready after nomination! There were many areas where the EC name tags, pink forms etc were not sufficiently supplied! Then about professionalism: the State Secretary and numerous DOs who doubled as Returning Officers were reportedly joining the campaign of BN politicians-where were there neutrality and professionalism as trumpeted? And did they managed to enforce the no campaign rule on polling day in most rural areas?
Sarawak polls conducted efficiently, says EC latest!
Posted on June 15, 2011, Wednesday
SIBU: The absence of petitions filed against the Election Commission (EC) following the recent Sarawak election has been attributed to the efficiency and professionalism in conducting the polls.
Sarawak EC director Datuk Takun Sunggah said no one had brought up the question of inefficiency, especially on the technical aspects.
“We have conducted it (the election) very fairly and transparently,” he said at an appreciation dinner for people who had helped out at the Bukit Assek state constituency during the election.
He also said that there had been no case of workers arguing with polling agents and complaints from either side after the election, held on April 16.
Takun said only one petition was filed, by Stanley Ngitar alias Unja anak Malang, the defeated Barisan Nasional candidate for the Pelagus seat, who had alleged that the winning candidate had used money to win. – Bernama