PORT DICKSON - A preliminary survey conducted by Pakatan Harapan shows that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stands a good chance of winning the Oct 13 Port Dickson by-election.
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil (pic) said voters were also excited at the prospect of having the next prime minister from Port Dickson.
"Based on the turnout during the nomination process and a preliminary survey, the sentiment looks good for Anwar.
"We will continue with the survey and should be able to give the bigger picture in the next few days," he told reporters.
Anwar will be involved in a seven-cornered fight in the by-election.
The other contenders are former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Tan Sri Isa Samad who will be contesting as an independent and Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar of PAS.
There will be four other independents.
They are Anwar's ex-aide Mohd Saful Bukhari Azlan, Stevie Chan Keng Leong, Lau Seck Yan and Kan Chee Yuen.
Fahmi said Pakatan will now work on getting voters out to cast their ballots on polling day.
"We estimate that 30% of the voters live outside PD.
"We hope they will be back on polling day and exercise their right," he said.
Fahmi who is also Lembah Pantai MP said Pakatan will also continue to monitor the social media platforms to check fake news on Anwar.
"If 50mil people can have their Facebook accounts hacked, we too need to be on our toes in the event there are some characters out there to sabotage Anwar.
"It has happened before and can always happen again," he said.
The Port Dickson by-election is being held after its former MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah from Pakatan resigned to make way for Anwar to return to Parliament.
In the May 9 general election, Danyal won with a 17,710 vote majority against Barisan Nasional's Datuk V.S.Mogan and PAS' Mahfuz Roslan.