Malaysia

Sarawak state votes today


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The 10th elections for the Malaysian state of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo will go to the polls today to vote for 71 state legislators.

The state with its approximately 2.5 million population will be choosing from 210 candidates. Currently the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) holds 63 seats with the Pakatan Rakyar holding seven and one independent.

Although this is not considered to be a barometer state for national polls, it may give an indication as to whether an early general election will be called or not. The BN has been struggling with low turnout at rallies and many people angry about rural poverty, corruption and an unpopular state governor.

Some analysts are saying that the opposition could win up to 18 seats, in which case Prime Minister Najib Razak will delay the snap poll which has been rumoured about for some time. A general election is due in 2013.

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