[Groop]a Grooish thing
Azamin Zainol Abidin
Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:08:44 +0800
No-show voter in remote Sarawak peeves election commission
11:57pm, Thu: (AFP) The election
commission deployed a helicopter and spent
thousands of ringgit so the only
registered voter in a remote area could cast his
ballot in Sarawak state elections - but he
failed to turn up, the official Bernama
news agency reported today.
The election commission sent a mobile team
by air to Long Luar, in the Belaga
constituency in Sarawak, where they set up
a polling station for a scheduled hour
between 7.30 and 8.30 am.
They waited, but there was no sign of the
unnamed voter, who apparently had
better things to do in the jungles and
hills surrounding his home.
The election commission spent almost
RM70,000 ringgit to fulfill the democratic
ideal of a ballot for all, Bernama said.
Apart from the lazy Long Luar voter the
elections went ahead smoothly, Bernama
said, particularly as a timely high tide
in riverine areas facilitated early polling.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's
ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is widely
tipped for an overwhelming victory in