Sarawak Election: Early Voting Run Smoothly - EC Chairman 
Early voting involving 24,604 voters in the 11th Sarawak State Election which began at 8am today is run smoothly, according to EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

He said at 10am, 21 per cent of the early voters consisting of police and military personnel and their spouses had cast their ballots.

"The voting centres are packed with uniformed personnel and their spouses with some bringing along their children," he told reporters after visiting the voting centre at Dewan Bukavu, Kem Penrissen, Batu 8, here.

Early voters eligible to cast their ballots at Kem Penrissen number 3,782. Besides Kem Penrissen, Kem Muara Tuang and the Kota Samarahan district police headquarters also serve early voting centres for the Stakan constituency.

"It is the spirit that is important. They are showing high spirit in upholding the democratic system in the country," he said.

He also said good weather in the morning also facilitated with ease of voting for the early voters in the election, numbering 15,113 military and 9,491 police personnel and their spouses.

Thirty-three of the 79 voting centres for early voting will close at 2pm and the rest at 5pm.

Meanwhile, the Army's Eastern Region commander Lt Gen Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar said he had encouraged his men to come out in full force to vote.

"We are hoping they will come in early so that we can know who have not come and make efforts to bring them (to the voting centres)," he said.

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