BESUT: The Election Commission is expecting between 75% and 80% Kuala Besut voters will come out to cast their ballots until polling ends at 5pm.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abd Aziz Yusof said the high voter turnout might be the result of the calm and peaceful campaign period in the by-election.
He said as of 10am, 5,147 or 31% of the normal voters in the constituency had cast their ballots.
"We urge voters not to miss their chance to vote and not to wait till the last minute to do so," he said on Wednesday after he and his deputy Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar visited several polling centres.
Polling closes at 5pm at the constituency's eight polling centres expect for the one in Perhentian Island, which closes at 3pm.
The Kuala Besut by-election, called following the death of its two-term assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar on June 26, is a straight fight between Barisan Nasional's Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman and PAS' Endut@Azlan Yusof.
Aziz said he was pleased to see the sporting spirit among supporters of both candidates who mingled and interacted with each other in a friendly manner.
"There is no provocation, no hostility and this environment has made it easy for voters to come out to vote.
"I hope this situation will remain until the results are announced by 10pm tonight," he said, adding the timing of the announcement was upon request from both contesting parties to allow everyone perform their religious obligations.
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