All Presiding Officers have picked up their Ballot Boxes and have prepared the Polling Stations for opening at 8.00 am.
Polling started and Malcom Mossem Lamoh, the Barisan Nasional candidate is expected to cast his vote at Rh. Renggi, Bukong, Engkilili.
According to the NST Team, some voting centres are inaccessible due to flash flood.
PKR’s candidate Jawah Gerang is expected to be at SK Nanga Kumpang to cast his vote.
Most of our network team are complaining of poor 3G coverage and now even the GPRS signals are quite bad. Thumbs downs to the Telcos!
The compound of Rh. Renggi is now full of voters. Some elderly voters are being carried to the centre. Mossem is yet to be seen. Voters are coming from upriver too. Photos by Abdul Hakim Bujang at location.
The BN candidate, Malcom Mossem and his wife Dorothy Sylvester, cast their vote at 9.25 am at Rh. Renggi. According to report on the ground, about 90% of the voters are at the center now.
Meanwhile the EC have mobilise their heli to monitor the flood situation in Batang Ai. All polling stations are operational.
We are teaming up with the Sarawak Update team and this post is mirrored at their website too.
BN candidate left the voting centre. Situation is reported to be peaceful and quiet.
Transporters from both parties are busy ferrying voters to their respective centres despite the flood situation. No reports of untoward incidents recorded. All polling centres are reported to be peaceful and quiet (a normal scene during elections in Sarawak). Sarawakians are cool people!
More voters coming out to cast their votes.
My phone have been rained by SMSes and calls since this morning. Guys, please refresh this screen for the latest updates that I received from our network in Batang Ai. We have a problem sending our photos and SMSes are getting slower and jammed up.
CELCOM, MAXIS, DiGi ————- arrgghhHHHHhhhh!!! All running on GPRS now! Damn!
Nancy reported the weather has changed tremendously. It is blazing hot. Chinese and Iban folks in Engkilili is holding a procession by throwing flowers and Chinese red papers as a good luck charm for Barisan Nasional.
Among rural polling stations, those at Ulu Lemanak and Ulu Engkari are expected to close at 11am. We cannot get any updates on the situation over there, as it is out of any telco coverage.
Some of the polling station has closed and EC officers are packing the booth and heading for Lubok Antu.
Returning Officer Nelson Mujah Girie when contacted said as of 10am, 40% of voters has turned out. Ballot boxes continued coming in.
Returning Officer Nelson Mujah Girie said 62% has turned out.
Returning Officer Nelson Mujah Girie via SMS said counting to start at 1500 hours. Majority of ballot boxes in already.
Batang Ai UNOFFICIAL: BN wins Batang Ai. It is leading with an unassailable majority of 1,600 after 21 of 24 boxes have been counted.
Unofficial 8pm Its Official! PKR 2053 votes, BN 3,907 votes
Photo above courtesy of Nadai Nama Nama.
Heartiest congratulations to YB Malcom Mossem Lamoh on winning the Batang Ai by-election. Remember what you said over lunch a day after nomination – I’m different and I know the administration system and – we will bring the changes that the rakyat wants. We will start from day 1 to catch up with the rest.
Yes, YB.. that’s the spirit and we hope you will not fail the rakyat who have voted you to public office and those who have oppose you too.
Uchukeling.com would like to give thanks to Abdul Hakim for the photos and reports. Lina Soo’s website for the live coverage, the NST team for the live updates at Facebook and ALL the Dayak bloggers (especially Nadai Nama, who have given us a better picture on what goes in there) who have participate in this by-election.
Special thanks also goes to the few readers who have given me a fair and moderate, well written, polite comments. Its how we put it across and well received by many.. thumbs up to Charcoal Art and 105tonnes! The Dayaks need people like you to bridge the diferences and to build a solid foundation among the youth.
On the other hand, the bloggers have a lot more to learn on cyber campaigning and certainly, this by-election have made us grow a little wiser in facing cyber campaign for the next big thing – Sarawak State Election 2011!
Terima kasih semua ke komen bala kita ngagai UchuKeling.com.. we forgive and we forget, the good ones we treasure to help us build a better community. OoooHa!