Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Scenes: Sarikei General Election 2013 (GE13) - Photofinish

505 votes made the difference on 5/05. It was a nail biting process as voters followed the count live on Sarikeians facebook page. Social networking was faster than mainstream media in reporting the count and results.

Official results on TV8

The official results:
PR/DAP - Andrew Wong Ling Biu 14,263
BN/SUPP - Ding Kuong Hiing 13,758

Majoirty - 505
Spoilt votes - 277
Voting percentage - 77.6%

Andrew Wong Ling Biu thanked Bintangor and Sarikei voters

Judging from the ceremahs (political rallies) held by both parties, it's clear that PR/DAP had bigger crowds in the urban areas so the battle was to be determined by the rural voters. PR/DAP also had star speakers in Penang CM, Lim Guan Eng, and "Superman" Hew Kuan Yau that drew in massive crowds in Bintangor and Sarikei.

DAP's rocket logo rose in Sarikei
DAP Sarawak was founded in Sarikei on 24 August 1978. DAP won both the Bintangor and Sarikei state seats in 2011. It took PR/DAP 35 years to win the parliament seat of Sarikei for the first time while Malaysia marches towards a two-party political system.

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