Political veteran predicts low voter turnout


KUCHING: Political veteran Datuk Peter Minos predicts that should the state election be held soon, voter turnout will be low as compared to the previous one in 2016.

He said this is due to voters’ hesitation to come out and vote for fear of contracting or spreading Covid-19.

However, he also believes that the state election must go on with or without Covid-19 due to the country’s democratic structure, which is founded on respect for the law and the constitution.

“Of course, all of us in Sarawak are concerned. A ruling government must have the mandate of the people to rule and govern in accordance with democracy.

“This (election) represents the will of the people and that is why the current government seeks to obtain mandate as quickly as possible.

 “The previous mandate expired in June of this year, and the current mandate stems from the emergency declaration,” he said recently.

But Minos is confident that the Election Commission (EC) will implement strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the voting process.

“I am sure that the EC will take all the precautionary steps to ensure that all the voters will be safe when exercising their democratic rights. Hopefully we can see it implemented in the coming Melaka state election,” he said.

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