Tuesday March 5, 2013
Squaring off for the ‘mother of all battles’
PETALING JAYA: The 13th general election will be a closely fought affair due to the number of new voters and no one is sure who they will vote for, said The Star executive editor Datuk Wong Sai Wan.
“In the last GE, 10.9 million people were registered as voters. As of December last year, 13.34 million people had registered,” said Wong, who described the elections as the mother of all battles.
He cited the 2008 GE popular vote difference as an indication of how close the contest will be.
In 2008, Barisan Nasional received only 285,947 more votes than the Opposition.
The number of new voters who have registered will definitely influence the contest, he said, adding that the people could keep track of election news and issues through The Star Online's TV channel, SwitchUp.tv.
SwitchUp.tv is airing GE13: The Showdown, hosted by Anne Edwards.
The programme, featuring interviews with politicians and prominent figures, kicks off today with The Star executive director and group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and Wong discussing voting trends, urban and rural voter sentiments as well as possible scenarios and election outcomes.
For more information, visit http://switchup.tv