According to the press, Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem had in fact already announced the dates for the forthcoming Sarawak State Eleventh General Elections.
Adenan was said to have suggested to the Election Commission 18 April 2016 as the nomination date for the election and 30 April as polling day.
Why is Adenan announcing the dates for the election 3 months in advance? Is this his strategy of winning big?
What Adenan did is quite unprecendented in election history of a parliamentary system of government. Normally, the dates of the election are announced after the dissolution of the legislature.
But Adenan has not announced the date for the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly, and this means that he can choose any date in the next 72 days to do it.
Is he asking us to start to speculate again? He has ended all speculations on the dates of the elections, but now he has made us to start to speculate again by guessing the date of the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly.
Why is he making a trick on us? Is he trying to out smart everybody?
If Chief Minister Adenan did really contemplate about announcing the dates of the elections to end all speculations on them but remaining silent on the date of the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly, then he must have been smart enough to have learned the tricks of his trade.
Knowing the dates of the elections but not the date of the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly must have been a thorn in the flesh for the oppositions.
For the next 72 days, the BN leaders can meet the people through the activities organised by the government departments and through civic assemblies, and may gain their confidence more in the process. The oppositions cannot canvass for supports or votes because it is not election time yet.
The oppositions have always accused the BN government and the Election Commission of being unfair for not giving them enough democratic space to campain and solicit for votes. They have always asked for longer campaign period.
By announcing the dates of the elcetion 3 months in advance, Adenan has solved one problem. Adenan is giving the oppositions some space to do their democratic responsibilities and to prepare early. Now they can no longer accuse the BN and the Election Commission of being unfair by not giving them enough democratic space to campaign and solicit for votes.
There is no question that the majority of the BN incumbents have been there for quite sometime, with some for 3 decades or more. A lot of them are also in their late 60s or early 70s. By the time the next election comes, most of these people will be in their late 70s or early 80s.
Should not this election be used to make a change of guard?
Adenan may want to use the next 72 days to decide on whether the incumbents are to be given the tickets or to make way so that others can come in.
Sometime it is easier in politics to come in then to leave. Not many politicians are prepared to live a life without glamour and power. It is not easy to relinquish hold on power and the privilege that comes with it. Adenan may use this opportunity to persuade some of the old quards to leave the scene so that others can come onto the stage.
Unlike the oppositions, this could be the reason why the BN, especially PBB has not released the full list of its candidates. Is this Adenan’s another trick?
Is Adenan trying to make the opposition to suffer the agony of waiting by announcing the dates of the election 3 months in advance but not the date of the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly? Is this tactic going to give the BN a tremendous advantage or will it backfire, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper realised when he suffered defeat after giving Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party too much democratic space. – SarawakVoice.com