The 'warming up' for elections seems to have taken up most of my time this week. The Elecvtion Commission in sarawak is currently conducting an intensive training in anticipation of an early election. The exact date is still not known yet but the excitement amongst those who will be involved was evident when I attended the two days training at the Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan (MBKS) here. And there will be more to come as the training is done by constituencies. I picked up my documents and neccessary forms - including a form to request for postal vote - as I won't be able to go backto vote in my hometown as I will be on duty in Kuching.
There were several 'mock elections' held to give the trainees a feel of the real election. Though I have been through a few State and Parliament elections, I can't help feeling nervous when it came to my turn - my hands were shaking when I was on stage - maybe it was due to the large number of audience and the watchful eyes of teh Election Commissions trainer scrutinising your every moves - and they were free to say out what mistakes you make. It would be interesting to share the election experience from the Presiding Officer's point of view. Let me check out the latest regulations first and find out if the 'experience' is bloggable. At the end of the day it is always fun.... provided you don't screw up that is.
My friend Uchukeling has this latest issue all in his Blog. I could not follow up much on the fate of the Sarawak Tribune workers but I may catch up with a few buddies of mine there and see what options are given to them.
I thank Uchukeling for raising up a few queries on the election processes in his Blog. Most of those queries are catered for in the Election Commissions website:
The Acts and Regulations link has a lot of downloadable resources there to answer most of your questions e.g Postal Votes, Situations when elections may be delayed, postponed etc :)