Sarawak state election, 1974

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The second Sarawak state election was held between Saturday, 24 August and Saturday, 14 September 1974 which lasted for 3 weeks. The election was carried out in stages because of lack of communication and transportation systems.

This election was held simultaneously with Malaysian general election, 1974 with the exception of Sabah state legislative assembly. The dissolution of the state assembly was carried out with the dissolution of state assemblies from other states and House of Representatives of Malaysian Parliament on 31 July 1974. This was the first time the election was held before 5 years tenure has finished.

A total of 48 seats were contested in this election.[1]

This election saw 375,282 registered voters with 75.1% of the voters cast their votes.

All the 48 seats were contested by Sarawak Barisan Nasional. The coalition was consisting of United Traditional Bumiputera Party (PBB) and Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP).

A total of 47 seats was contested by Sarawak National Party (SNAP) and 4 seats by BISAMAH.

There were 12 independent candidates vying for the seats.

The Belaga seat was not contested by SNAP.[1]


Barisan Nasional won 30 seats and the remaining 18 seats were won by SNAP.[1]

Percentage of votes garnered by each party[edit]


Political parties Number of
Percentage of
votes (%)
Barisan Nasional 144,492 55.40
Sarawak National Party 111,438 42.70
BISAMAH 716 0.30
Independent (12 candidates) 4084 1.60
Total 260,730 100

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  1. ^ a b c d Report on the parliamentary (Dewan Rakyat) and state legislative assembly general elections 1974 of the states of Malaya and Sarawak (Malay-English bilingual version). Election Commission of Malaysia. URL accessed on 18 November 2009