SEMATAN, Feb 17 – Barisan Nasional (BN) is aiming for a 72 per cent voter turnout in the Tanjong Datu state seat by-election tomorrow.
The target is three per cent lower than the goal fixed by the Election Commission (EC).
Explaining the lower target, Sarawak BN election machinery operations director Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said there are concerns that inclement weather may adversely affect voter turnout.
“We hope more people (than the target) will come out to vote, rain or shine,” said Junaidi, who is also the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.
He said BN is fully prepared to face polling day in Tanjong Datu, which will see a three-cornered fight between BN, the State Reform Party and Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru.
“Everything is in place, from transportation to wheelchairs at polling stations, to assist the elderly and people with disabilities to vote,” he said, adding that BN campaigners will be active on the ground until midnight tomorrow.
Earlier, Junaidi, who is the Santubong MP, attended a ceremony for the handing over of 3.64 hectares of land to the Federal Government. Owned by a private company, the land will be used to build a primary school worth more than RM3 million.
Constructed using the Industrialised Building System (IBS), the school is expected to be completed within seven months.