PORT DICKSON: Early voting for the Port Dickson by-election started at 8am Tuesday (Oct 9) with police and army personnel and their spouses queuing up to exercise their constitutional right.
A total of 7,191 of the 7,268 early voters will cast their ballots today.
Meanwhile, 77 early voters comprising 23 policemen and 54 armed forces personnel will be voting by post.
Also present to observe the voting process was Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.
The commission had in a statement said from 7,191 voters, 6,636 armed forces personnel and their spouses will cast their votes at the Hangar, Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) and the multi-purpose hall in Segenting PD Camp while 555 policemen will vote at the Port Dickson district police headquarters.
Among the seven candidates scheduled to visit the centres are PAS' Lt Col (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar and independents Tan Sri Isa Samad and Lau Sek Yan.
The early polling centres will open till 5.30pm except for three channels at Port Dickson IPD, namely camp A, camp B and camp C, which will close at noon as the number of voters is small.
The by-election is a seven-cornered fight involving Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mohd Nazari, Isa, Lau and three other independents Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, Stevie Chan Keng Leong and Kan Chee Yuen.
The Port Dickson parliamentary by-election was held after its incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, 68, vacated the seat on Sept 12 to give way to Anwar to return to Dewan Rakyat.
The Port Dickson parliamentary constituency has 75,770 registered voters in this by-election and they comprise 43% Malays, Chinese (33%), Indian (22%) and other races (2%).
Polling day is on Oct 13.
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