Kajang by-election: 67% voter turnout at 4pm


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  • Sunday, 23 Mar 2014

A voter casting his ballot during the Kajang by-election at SJK (C) Sungai Chua, Kajang on Sunday. - SAMUEL ONG/THE STAR

KAJANG: The Kajang state by-election saw voter turnout at 67.04% (25,511 voters) as of 4pm on Sunday, said Election Commission Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof. 

Earlier, Abdul Aziz said there was a trend of 10% increase of voters coming to cast their ballots every hour since 8am. 

"We still expect the turnout to be around 80%, and if there are no problems, we can expect to get the results by 9pm," he told reporters after visiting the polling centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Sekamat. 

He also expressed concern that some voters might not cast their votes during the by-election as they had voted in the last general election. "However, we are prepared for everything to facilitate the voting process." 

Abdul Aziz also urged supporters of political parties to calm down, and not to use provocative words at polling centres.

The Kajang state seat fell vacant following the resignation of its PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27. 

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun of Barisan Nasional and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) are involved in a straight fight for the Kajang state seat.

 

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