Most news reports are talking about a lower voter turnout in Sibu. But actually, the turnout was higher than 2008.
In 2008, the turnout was 67 per cent. But this time around, 70 per cent (or more accurately 69 per cent) of voters cast their ballots.
The confusion arose when the Election Commission announced the turnout at 59.86 per cent soon after polling centres closed at 5.00pm. That caught me by surprise as I was expecting a 65-70 per cent turnout based on the estimated figures reported at around 3.00pm.
How could the Election Commission get it so wrong – they were out by an incredible 10 per cent! It was only a couple of hours later that they sent an SMS to Malaysiakini, correcting their earlier figure.
Again, that doesn’t help their credibility.