Help enforce election SOPs

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Members of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) are urged to help enforce the standard operating procedures (SOPs) during an election period.

GPS Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the safety of the people must be the priority in the upcoming state election amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We know the state election must be conducted as constitutionally the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) term will expire by June. In our constitution, the election must be conducted within two months of the period.

“To prepare for this, we must ensure the safety of the people is being taken care of and we need to learn from the mistakes of previous elections held during Covid-19 be it during the by-election or the Sabah state election,” she said.

She said this when met by reporters after officiating at the Dalat level Sepakat @ Komuniti programme in Oya, Dalat, today (Nov 7).

Fatimah said the Election Commission (EC) was urged to issue an enhanced SOP so that a greater focus can be given on ensuring the safety of voters.

“While in Sabah, they already laid out the SOPs, but its weaknesses must be improved and taken as a lesson not only for the EC but also the voters,” she said.

Fatimah who is Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister said SOPs such as wearing a mask and ensuring physical distancing must be adhered to by voters and the public.

“We have asked the party machinery to ensure voters abide by the SOPs and help control the number of people who are waiting to vote.

“This is what we can do and we must also remind them to wear their mask besides reminding them to carry along with them their identity cards (IC),” she said.

Fatimah said the party machinery will abide by the directive of the EC while campaigning and ensure that safety of the people is the priority.