27/03/2004

Sg Lembing voters urged to go to polls Sunday

Sg Lembing voters urged to go to polls Sunday

PUTRAJAYA March 26 - The Election Commission (EC) Friday urged registered voters in Sungai Lembing, Pahang to perform their duty and vote in the re-polling exercise in the State constituency this Sunday.

EC Secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the people should exercise their right to vote even though Pas had called for a boycott on that day.

"The boycott is Pas' right, but as citizens, we have a right to vote," he said, adding that although it was not the purview of the EC to urge constituents to vote, it did so out of a sense of responsibility.

Preparations for the re-polling were also complete, he said here.

The EC had called for re-polling after a mistake was found on the ballot paper, where the symbol for Parti Keadilan Nasional was printed against the name of Pas candidate Idris Ahmad.

Sungai Lembing, under the Paya Besar parliamentary constituency, has 11,790 registered voters. There, Idris is challenging Barisan Nasional incumbent Md Sohaimi Mohamed Shah.

Meanwhile, Wan Ahmad said reports on polling day glitches in Sungai Lembing as well as in 56 polling districts in Selangor, due to changes in the electoral roll format, were almost complete.

On whether the reports would be presented to the Prime Minister, Wan Ahmad said that would be up to EC Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman and other EC members after they had read the reports.

Wan Ahmad further explained that there were no changes to the names of voters in the electoral roll but confusion could have arisen from the preparation of data.

He said overall, polling went well in terms of security and problems only occurred in several areas.

"There are close to 8,000 polling centres nationwide and overall, everything went well. There were problems in only two to three per cent (of the polling centres), so I hope the people understand. We have also investigated all that," he said.