TELUK INTAN: Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mah Siew Keong looks set to win the by-election. The unofficial final count puts the Gerakan chief ahead of DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud by over 579 votes.
At as 7.50pm, the Election Commission's official count puts Dyana Sofya with 6,833 votes to Mah's 5,512 votes.
Unofficially, however, the count has Barisan garnering 19,671 votes to DAP's 19,092 votes.
The 35 polling centres for the parliamentary by-election here closed at 5pm with 39,850 (66.5 per cent turnout) people having cast their ballots.
The result of the count, which is now underway, is expected to be known by 9pm.
The by-election is a two-way fight between Barisan Nasional candidate, Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong, and DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, the political secretary to party adviser Lim Kit Siang.
Voting begins at 8am at 35 polling centres.
The seat was left vacant after its incumbent, DAP's Seah Leong Peng, passed away earlier this month due to cancer.
Perak Election Commission (EC) chief Ahmad Adli Abdullah said counting of votes will start soon after polling centres close at 5pm, and the result was expected to be announced as early as 9pm.
The constituency has 59,927 voters, comprising 42% Chinese, 38% Malay, 19% Indian and the rest, others.
5pm: The 35 polling centres close and the counting starts. Voter turnout of 66.5 per cent (39,850). Result expected to be known by 9pm.
4.40pm: Some 38,158 voters or 63.67% have cast their ballots as of 4pm.
2.43pm: As at 2pm, some 31,286 voters or 52.21% have voted. - EC
2.30pm: More than 70% of Chinese voters in the constituency are expected to cast their vote when polling closes at 5pm, said MCA deputy president Dr Wee .
He said it was obvious the community wanted to see Barisan bring changes to Teluk Intan, and especially to resolve local issues.
To a question if high Chinese voter turnout, especially those from outstation which may work against Barisan, he said the coalition still had to work hard to woo voters and MCA needed to call every voter who has yet to cast their vote.
2.20pm: Teluk Intan MCA chief Datuk Seri Kuan Peng Soon, 69, arrives at SM Convent to cast his vote.
2.08pm: MCA deputy president Datuk Wee Ka Siong arrives near the SJKC San Min polling centre, joins in the whistle war, which has progressed into one of horns.
1.30pm: About 46.65% of voters have cast their ballots as at 1pm. - EC
12.50pm: Perak MCA chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon describes the polling process at SJK (C) Batu 12 as peaceful so far, except for a case whereby a voter claimed his wife was told not to vote for Barisan to prevent a hike in the water tariff. Dr Mah said the voter and his wife should lodge a police report. Dr Mah and Teluk Intan MCA chairman Datuk Seri Kuan Peng Soon were at the polling station to give support to Barisan campaigners. MIC president Palanivel was also present.