|SK Pasai Siong Tengah||236||53||251||304|
After the polling at SK Pasai Siong Tengah in N52 Tamin the votes cast was found to exceed the registered voters for that polling centre! According to Electoral roll compiled by the Election Commission there are only 236 voters registered for the polling centre, but the combined votes of the candidates is 304-an excess of 68 ballots! PKR’s candidate Mengga Mikui won 53 votes while BN’s Josepg Mauh Anak Ekeh won 251 votes, making up 304 votes in total! Could it be caused by ballot stuffing? If it were the amount involved may not be only 68 ballots. Taking the prevailing voting rate in Tamin as a guide there were 73% of voters turn out ie 172 voters turning out to vote, leaving a probable 132 ballots being stuffed into the ballot box, representing a whopping 76.7% increase from the normal voting rate!
After the polling candidate Mengga Mikui did complained of some of his PACA (Polling Agents, Counting Agents) could have been bought. As an evidence the PACA for the above SK Pasai Siong Tengah polling centre did not return the Form 14 to the candidate and had become incontactable after the polling!
The polling centre cater for a number of long houses, with the following number of registered voters:
|1) RH Douglas Langi Pasai Siong||86|
|2) RH Jeram Pasai Siong||24|
|3) RH Ringgit Pasai Siong||50|
|4) RH Maja Sg Siong||15|
|5) RH Iran Sg Siong||1|
|6) RH Nyanggai Pasai Siong||60|
This incident is the only case where the ballots exceed the voters in a polling centre, after the entire score sheet of N52 Tamin was checked by Sarawaknews. The scoresheet was provided by the Election Commission.
The deadline for filing election petition is over-and this case shows the inadequacy of the election petition avenue in addressing numerous electoral irregularities which may not have the prove to directly challenge the election results. The current practice with the election court is: they only uphold complaint when the frauds is enough to affect the winner. But as shown by this case there could be more cases of ballot stuffing happening -but they were kept within the voters number.
N52 Tamin was won by BN’s Jospeh Mauh Anak Ekeh with 4998 votes, beating PKR’s Mengga Mikui who polled 3706 votes. Voting rate was 72.65%, higher than the average turn out in Sarawak. Majority of win was 1292 votes.
There were complaint of vote buying by BN candidate Joseph Mauh after the poll with video evidences provided by election observer group MEO-Net. The BN candidate made startling admission that he made payments to the voters as `transport’ subsidies and claim to have evidence that all candidates in the state election did the same. PKR candidate Mengga Mikui did not file election petition citing financial constraint.
Updated: Actually it is not difficult to locate the fault: since the EC polling clerk and the PACA keep a electoral roll each where they cross out the voters who turn out to vote it can easily be identified where the extra ballots were stuffed. Now it is up to the EC to audit the paper work to identify where the problem arose and who were the culprits! It is clear that the voter number is right-only the extra ballots which were the serious problems. This incidence also show the problem when there is no PACA to look out the possible problems in the polling centre.