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SIBU, Dec 5: Nangka incumbent Dr Annuar Rapaee reckoned that this election will his toughest one yet.
Speaking at a press conference here today, Dr Annuar who has been winning the seat comfortably since standing in the 2011 election, identified the big increase in the number of voters and voters being reluctant to come out due to the Covid-19 pandemic as among the reasons.
He said there were 14,000 voters in the 2011 election but the number swelled to 18,000 in the 2016 election and is now 23,000 for this 12th State Election.
“That is why I never take elections for granted. There are many new voters now and I will have to work very hard to convince the first-timers,” he said.
He added that as people might hesitate to come out to vote due to the pandemic, he would have to work harder to convince them to cast their vote.
The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate also vehemently denied allegations that he is only active during elections.
“If people think that I only come out in the election, they are definitely wrong. I have been working since the last five years. People know that and I don’t have to prove it,” he said.
Dr Annuar said he would not use smear tactics to win votes as he declared himself as a “non-politician’s politician”.
“I will not touch my opponents as they have the right to contest. Let’s face this election in a very democratic way and let the people decide,” he added. — DayakDaily