Sarawak election on Dec 18

by AZREEN HANI / pic by TMR FILE

THE Election Commission (EC) has set Dec 18, as the polling day for the 12th Sarawak State Election.

In a press conference today, the EC said that the nomination day is fixed on Dec 6 while the early voting day is on Dec 14.

This is the third state election in the pandemic after Sabah in September last year and Melaka last week.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar recently said Sarawak will use a different set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) due to the different circumstances compared to Melaka.

“Melaka is in Phase 4 of the recovery phase, while Sarawak is in Phase 3. However, the situation in Sarawak is different from Melaka because there is limited access to enter Sarawak as it only shares borders with Sabah, Indonesia and Brunei.

“The SOPs will take into consideration views from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Royal Malaysian Police, National Security Council (MKN) and Sarawak State Disaster Management Council,” he said during his winding-up speech in Dewan Rakyat.

Online application for postal voting for the 12th Sarawak state election for Malaysians residing abroad and those in the security and health sectors is open from Nov 8 to 24.

EC secretary Datuk Ikmalrudin Ishak said the application is for Form 1B  (Malaysian citizens who are abroad) and Form 1C (nine agencies in the safety and health Sector) voter categories only

“As for the Form 1A category postal vote application (election workers, EC members/officers, police, military and media personnel) details will be informed later.

“Applications must be made online through the MySPR Daftar website at the following link https://mysprdaftar.spr.gov.my/ or the EC’s official portal, https://www.spr.gov.my/,” he said in a statement.