SPR declare its staff strength for handling the 3 by-elections at 1281; Compared to Mafrel observers for all 3 by-election areas at 120 the observers are engaging the election administration machinery at a ratio of about 1:10. There is a question if observers are adequate to handle the jobs!
As to the police force involved in the 3 by-elections Batang Ai reportedly has about 800 police `taking care’ of about 8006 voters. Assuming that there are 1400 for the other `bigger’ constituency (only in terms of voters, not area) we are looking at 3600 police force deployed. In this case the observers to police ratio will go up to the unmanagable of 1:30! Certainly the observers are not quite adequate in this observation game!
Both these comparisons argue for more recruitments of observers for the future.
By-elections results announced by 9pm tomorrow
TAIPING, April 6 — The results of the Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai state seats, as well as the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat by-elections are expected to be announced by 9pm tomorrow.
Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said however, the announcement of the results could probably come even earlier, in the event there is no protest or recount.
“Overall, we expect all results to be announced between 9pm and 10pm at their respective locations, but not simultaneously,” he told reporters after visiting a media information centre in Kamunting here today.
Abdul Aziz said the EC had deployed 1,281 staff to handle the simultaneous polling processes scheduled for tomorrow at the three constituencies.
He said the police had also tightened security to enable the people to cast their votes without fear.
On the winning candidates and their supporters, he advised them not to hold victory parades after the results were announced to avoid provocation or clashes.
Abdul Aziz urged everyone to accept the election results announced by the EC, but said the decision could be challenged in court if they were not satisfied.
He said, so far, the eight-day campaign period for the three by-elections had run smoothly with only minor hitches.
“Nothing serious happened in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau… only a few poster wars occurred and they were easily resolved,” he said.
Abdul Aziz anticipated a higher voter turn-out for the Bukit Gantang by-election tomorrow as compared to the 72 per cent voter turnout recorded during the last general election. — Bernama