KOTA BARU: It is now official - Barisan Nasional's Hanafi Mamat is the new Pengakalan Pasir Assemblyman.
The recounting process this morning from 10am till about 12noon showed that Hanafi obtained a majority of 134 votes. He polled 7,422 votes while PAS' Hanafia Ahmad got 7,288.
The recounting also confirmed that independent candidate Datuk Ibrahim Ali lost his deposit as he obtained only 415 votes.
There were 158 spolit votes.
The result was announced by Returning officer Abdul Halim Rahman.
Abdul Halim had last night ordered a recount because the majority obtained by Hanafi, then at 120 votes, was less than 2% of the total voter turnout.
This victory now leaves PAS with only a single seat majority in the 45-seat State Assembly.
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