No such thing as phantom voters — state EC director


KUCHING: State Election Commission (EC) director Datu Takun Sunggah has dismissed talks on phantom voters in view of the approaching 14th general election (GE14).

In a recent interview, he said the community had a misperception on the so-called phantom voters – an issue that had been raised by the opposition in the past elections.

Datu Takun Sunggah

“There is no such thing as phantom voters. People say phantom perhaps it is because one person registered as a voter in his or her kampung (village) and never went home to vote.

“Nobody has seen you before because you never voted there. Then you decided to vote at your kampung, and people say you’re a phantom voter,” he elaborated in the interview that took place at his office in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar here on Thursday.

As of Thursday, Takun said a total of 126 nomination forms had been sold.

The EC has fixed April 28 as the nomination day.

The EC has no other office in Sarawak besides the one at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar.

According to Takun, candidates or agents of political parties outside Kuching who intend to buy the nomination forms can do so at the respective Resident’s Offices.

To a question, he said he preferred voters to cast their votes at the polling stations.

The EC has earlier announced May 5 as early polling and May 9 the polling day.