N.29 Batang Air
Finally nomination day has come. I consider it to be a learning experience as this is my first time to be part of an election process in a rural constituency. When I was the Padungan Presiding Officer, my area of experience was confined to the activities in the polling station - St. Thomas Secondary School Kuching at that time. The only time I meet my Returning Officer that time would be when we attended the Presiding Officer's training, when we inspected our ballot boxes before polling day, and when we collected our ballot boxes on polling day, finally when we return the ballot boxes and the tally results after polling is over. If there is no election petition we can consider that to be the end of our relationship - something like that. This time in N.29 Batang Air I will get to see the process from A to Z from the nomination process to the polling on 7th April 2009, till the announcing of result. It will be worthwhile as I will be the Returning Officer for one of the Constituencies in Sri Aman Division - by virtue of the Deputy Resident post. Here are the recent nomination activities in pictures (according to the timeline - recorded in the picture properties when I took them) for your consumption - and watch out for my prediction, its certainly another shocker! Something which made me very unhappy.
Provided that you did not scroll down quickly when I was about to announce my shocker - I have to say this only and that the increase in phone line capacity by Celcom and Maxis - Hotlink) was no cure for the congested lines. What is my analysis and prediction for the upcoming election. I have to apologise and that I mentioned Celcom and Maxis - Hotlink will be the best bet for communication connectivity in Lubok Antu for this next 14 days. Especially when we are informed that the signals for the two telcos and service providers would be enhanced.
Did we learn anything from this? Yes, I think we all did. The lessons learnt was never take things for granted. To the parties contesting, this analogy can be used - I had in my last post predicted a strong presence for Celcom and Maxis as the powerpoint screen capture provided by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission of telcos coverage (Celcom, Maxis and Digi) indicate better coverage. In the end the unexpected happened and everyone was caught by surprise. Like the strong indications claimed by the respective parties be it BN or PKR do not be like Celcom and Maxis. Line connectivity and reliable communication is important for proper coordination during this election process. From the coverage map everyone would have assumed that Digi had poor coverage, but then it was the other way round. Digi worked well on Nomination Day and I have to take back my word that Digi may not be the preferred choice in the next upcoming weeks ahead. Cheers for the Yellow Man.