The Penanti constituency appear all quiet despite a few posters/banners notifying the public about PKR’s campaign activities ahead of the campaign period. The only places where you can see some party flags are mainly the the party HQ for UMNO and the Yayasan Aman which served as PKR’s Operation Center in all elections. A few more are left over, at all over the place, from the Parmantang pauh & General Elections. There seems to be a wait in the air-waiting for a sure sign of a contest, despite news of a challenge to PKR from a ex-PKR Women Chief.
Rosli and I drove slowly around the only road for driving there-all done within a hour or so. There are not that many housing areas nor shops. The voters population is only 15 000. Polling centrs only 9. If there is a contest the party supporters from all over the country will descend on this tiny village to jam up all the small rural roads.What we saw was probably a lull before the storm to start from May 23rd-the nomination day.
There is a SPR counter started in a coffee shop outside a mosque at the entrance to Penanti-which allow voters to check their voters registration status. But it would be too late for new voters to register to vote for the coming election. It takes about 6 months for `processing’. Just wonder what they do with the processing that takes 6 months!
The interesting prospect of a BN-free election is: will PKR use it to showcase a free and fair election for the future-or will it use the dirty tactics it learned form fighting BN on the independent/ex-PKR candidate?