Lingering Covid-19 fears could see low voter turnout for Sarawak polls — Sng


KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak chairman Larry Sng believes that the state would mirror the low voter turnout reported during the Sabah election, should Sarawak hold its polls by the year-end.

“Based on the low voter turnout of 66.61 per cent in Sabah, I would expect the same in Sarawak if elections are called by the year-end.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is the main reason for this,” he said yesterday when commenting on the results of the just-concluded Sabah state election.

He said the continuing threat posed by Covid-19 would discourage many from casting their ballots, although it remained to be seen whether a low voter turnout would play more into the hands of the ruling coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), or the opposition.

On Saturday, the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) pact secured 38 of the 73 seats at stake to claim a simple majority, against the Warisan Plus alliance’s
32 seats.

Of the 38 GRS seats, 17 were won by Perikatan Nasional, 14 by Barisan Nasional and seven by Parti Bersatu Sabah; for Warisan Plus, 29 of its seats were contributed by Parti Warisan Sabah, two by PKR, and one by United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation.

However, Parti Warisan Sabah’s 29 seats include six won by Democratic Action Party, which had contested under the former’s banner.

Three other seats were won by Independent candidates.