KUCHING: Young voters may stay away from the ballot box in the 15th General Election on account of all that has been going in the country.
Political observer Datuk Peter Minos who expressed such fears said should that arise voter turnout among them would be low.
“If 50 per cent come out to vote then it would be a big bonus,” he told New Sarawak Tribune today.
Minos said apathy among young voters could be due to the negative politics and politicking which are a big put-off to youths.
The deterrent includes many being not happy with the nation’s politics and economic condition, he added.
In this context Minos said all contesting parties should work tooth and nail persuading people to come out and vote regardless of the weather.
It is not easy to get people to come out to vote in inclement weather and this is why many want GE15 to be held after the monsoon season, he said.
“I sense that the mood for election is not quite there,” he said, adding, “ but it is pertinent that the people cast their votes for the sake of democracy.”
Minos expressed hope that Sarawakian voters would go out and cast their vote.
He stressed that it is very vital that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) wins big to further develop Sarawak as well as to fight for the state’s rights and interests.
“GPS must win all 31MP seats, if possible,” he added.