Two hornbills join Sarawak’s crowded party symbols ahead of polls

GPS logo (left) and PBK’s

THE Election Commission (EC) has given the greenlight for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) to use their respective symbols – both featuring the hornbill – in the coming state election.

EC’s Corporation Communication Unit in Putrajaya said both symbols were approved in accordance with the provisions of sub-regulation 11 (2) (c) of the Elections (Conduct Of Elections) Regulations 1981, Borneo Post reported.

It said approved symbols of the respective political parties were allowed to be used for the purpose of a particular election provided that a written authority signed by a responsible official of the party authorising its candidate to use such party symbol.

The EC was responding to a question if two hornbill logos were allowed to appear on the same ballot paper in any election.

There were also talks that voters could be confused between GPS’ logo with PBK’s logo, as both were using hornbills as the main symbol for their logos.

PBK was the first to register and have had the hornbill logo approved in 2013.

However, its logo is more detailed in design, portraying a complete hornbill with the outline of Sarawak for the body, tail feathers and even details such as the claws.

The ruling coalition GPS uses a much simpler outline of a flying ‘burung kenyalang’ or hornbill consisting of head, body and wings.

Its logo depicts a red, black and white hornbill in the shape of the letter S.

Other parties slated to field candidates in the Sarawak election include Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the DAP, Parti Bersatu Sarawak (PSB), Sarawak Workers Party, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru and possibly PAS.