Live updates on Semenyih polls: BN claims victory


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  • Saturday, 02 Mar 2019

Najib being greeted by BN supporters as he enters the hall.

9:15pm: Barisan Nasional candidate Zakaria Hanafi has arrived at the tallying centre to loud cheers fro supporters. He then embraced Najib and Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. 

9.03pm: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak greeted with shouts of "Bossku" as he enters Dewan Seri Cempaka MPKj. 

8:55pm: Barisan Nasional leaders have made their way to Dewan Seri Cempaka MPKj where the results will be announced later. They include Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and MIC deputy president  Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. Outside the centre, Barisan supporters in their hundreds have gathered and are cheering "Terima kasih, terima kasih, undi BN" (Thank you, thank you, for voting BN). Also seen inside Dewan Seri Cempaka MPKj is independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng. Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali has yet to make an appearance.

8:33pm: Loud cheers heard from Barisan Nasional command centre in Plazo Dato’ Mohd Said. The mood is buoyant with information chief Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah confirming the win. Supporters and party leaders broke into song “Terima kasih, BN menang” (Thank you, BN won) with loud chants of “Hidup Tok Mat”.

7.50pm: Pakatan Harapan’s top leadership is nowhere to be seen in its command centre at Bandar Rinching. The crowd seems to be in a lukewarm mood. According to sources, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to give a press conference later tonight.

7:47pm: Umno's top leadership are at the Barisan Nasional command centre in Plaza Dato’ Mohd Said awaiting the results. Party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is inside a closed room. Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the vote tallying is ongoing but that it “looks promising”. Also spotted were party vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and information chief Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah. 

7.30pm: With 20 boxes left to be tallied, Barisan Nasional looks set to win the Semenyih by-election as they now unofficially have a 2,222 majority over Pakatan Harapan. 

Barisan's Zakaria Hanafi has 16,636 votes, while Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali has 14,414. Parti Sosialis Malaysia's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng have less than 700 votes apiece, which means both  are likely to lose their deposits.

7.20pm: Unofficial results from the EC with 93 (of 120) ballot boxes counted see Barisan candidate Zakaria Hanafi firmly in the lead with 15,347 votes. He has a majority of 2,079. 

Trailing him is Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali with 13,268 votes, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (PSM) with 610 votes and Kuan Chee Heng (independent) with 576.

7.10pm:With 70 of 120 ballot boxes counted,  Barisan candidate Zakaria Hanafi remains in the lead with 11,057 votes, with a majority of 1,117.  Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali garnered 9,940 votes, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (PSM) received 472 votes and Kuan Chee Heng got 421.

7.00pm: Barisan candidate Zakaria Hanafi has had his majority cut to 711 with 60 ballot boxes counted and another 60 to go. Zakaria has 9,349 votes, Muhammad Aiman Zainali (PH) has 8,638; Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (PSM), 402; Kuan Chee Heng (independent), 360.

6.55pm: Unofficial figures from the EC with 50 ballot boxes (out of 120) counted show  Zakaria Hanafi (BN) still in the lead with 7,884 votes, followed by  Muhammad Aiman Zainali (PH) with 6,848 votes; Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (PSM), 337;  Kuan Chee Heng (independent), 286. 

Zakaria has a majority of 1,036.

6.50pm: Unofficial results with 35 out of 120 ballot boxes counted put Barisan's Zakaria Hanafi in the lead with 5,273 votes, followed by Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali with 4,724; PSM's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, 217; Kuan Chee Heng (independent) 195.

5.46pm: Vote counting is underway. The EC is currently broadcasting the vote counting process live from SK Kantan Permai. Follow the whole process at www.facebook.com/sprgovmy/videos/400406460779952/. This is one of the newer intiatives introduced by the EC.

5.30pm: It is a wrap! Voting closes in all 24 polling stations in Semenyih. The EC has yet to announce the final turnout percentage, which may only be revealed at the announcement of official results. The results will be announced tonight at the tallying centre at Dewan Seri Cempaka MPKj.

4.40pm: With about an hour left for polling, the voter turnout has reached 68% as of 4pm, according to the EC.

3.28pm: As of 3pm, voter turnout has risen to 63%. 

2.30pm: About 56% of eligible voters have cast their ballots as of 2pm, the EC said. Polling will close at 5.30pm.

2.30pm: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, has brushed off allegations that he had been campaigning on polling day after pictures of him greeting Pakatan Harapan supporters appeared on social media. He said he was just making his rounds. 

1.35pm: EC announces a 50% voter turnout as at 1pm. EC has set a 70% voter turnout target at the Semenyih by-election.

1.10pm: Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam was seen taking down a banner bearing the image of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's wife, at the Sesapan Batu Rembau polling station. Apparently, the poster was allegedly put up by Pakatan supporters.

 

1.10pm: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has lodged a police report at the Semenyih police station here over four election offences.

Its executive director Yap Swee Seng said amongst the offences were the setting up of “pondok panas”, canvassing of votes beyond campaigning period, ferrying of voters and taking down of identities of voters.  

12.25pm: The EC announces that voter turnout at midday (12pm) is 44%. The total number of registered voters in Semenyih is 54,503.

10.30am: The mobile unit of the Information Department is seen making its rounds in Kampung Baru Semenyih here, using loud hailers to call on residents to come out and vote.

The department says there are a total of six vehicles deployed for this purpose since 8am, each located at different villages and residential areas.

 

10.15am: Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Prof Dr Azmi Sharom and other commissioners arrive at SK Bandar Rinching polling centre for inspection. He told reporters that he "feels good" on his first day on the job.

 

10am: Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Yussof said polling for the Semenyih by-election has been largely smooth without any untoward incident, with the exception of traffic congestion at several areas.

ACP Ahmad Dzaffir advised Semenyih folks who are not involved in the voting process to avoid using roads such as Bandar Sunway in Paling Jaya, Sg Lalang, Pekan Semenyih, Batu 26 Beranang and Bandar Rinching.

"Use alternatives Jalan Eco Setia Hill, Jalan Ecoworld dan Lekas Highway to avoid the jam on the Kajang - Semenyih - Beranang road," he said to reporters at Dewan Serbaguna Orang Ramai Semenyih.

 

9.48am: An Election Commission volunteer stops a woman from bringing her bicycle into the polling centre at SMK Engku Husain. It has been a calm and peaceful affair but a larger crowd is expected in the afternoon.

 

9.25am: Independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng or "Uncle Kentang", as he is fondly known, pays a visit to the Dewan Serbaguna Orang Ramai Semenyih to check on the voting process here. "It doesn't matter if you don't vote for me, I'm here to help. It's not important if I don't win, what matters is the people will win," said Kuan, who is not a registered voter in Semenyih.

9.22am: Several disabled and the elderly voters are transported on buggies to the polling centre at SMK Engku Husain. Voter Jalaludin Toha, 64 says the voting process is made even more easier with the voter's card. "You don't need to waste time in line to check your details," he said.

 

 9.15am: Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun arrives at the SMK Bandar Seri Putra to check on the polling station.

 

8.55am: PSM candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul pays a visit to his alma mater at SMK Engku Husain. He also met his senior Muhammad Aiman, who is also contesting for Pakatan, while there. 

08.21am: BN's Zakaria, who was accompanied by his wife Katijah Beebi Bayikhan, and family members, shows his inked finger after casting his vote.

 

08.20am: Parti Sosialis Malaysia candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul has cast his vote at Dewan Orang Ramai Semenyih here. The 25-year-old, who is the youngest candidate in the by-election, was accompanied by PSM central committee member S. Arutchelvan and his father Abdul Abdul Karim. Nik Aziz said regardless of the by-election result, he felt PSM ran a successful campaign and will leave his fate to Allah.

S. Arutchelvan hopes it'll be "fourth time lucky" for the party this time around.

"I think the level of support for our party is better than the last GE, where the (BN) government was toppled. So the people are opened to looking for alternatives.

"Our campaign went quite well. We highlighted a lot of issues of which the media had given good coverage.

"We've been consistent over four elections. I feel it will take a long time for the people to accept a socialist party, that is so feared by Tun Dr Mahathir, but I believe we will be accepted in the long run," said Arutchelvan.

 

8am: Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman stands in line to cast his vote at SMK Engku Husain accompanied by his wife Nurul Filzah Bakhtiar.

07.58am: Barisan Nasional candidate Zakaria Hanafi arrives at the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) office in Kampung Sesapan Kelubi to cast his vote. 

SEMENYIH: After an arduous 14-day campaign period, the Semenyih by-election has reached its peak point with polling day on Saturday (March 2).

There are a total of 24 polling centres throughout the Semenyih constituency, where 53,411 eligible voters can cast their ballots from 8am.

Pakatan Harapan is looking to defend the seat it won in the 14th General Election through 30-year-old Muhammad Aiman Zainali, who is the treasurer of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Hulu Langat division.

Barisan Nasional meanwhile will be hoping 58-year-old Zakaria Hanafi, the permanent chairman of Kampung Sesapan Kelubi Umno branch, to pull an upset against the incumbent.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia's 25-year-old Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng are also in the ring to spring a surprise in the four-way fight.

The Semenyih by-election was triggered due to the death of its incumbent Bakhtiar Mohd Nor from a heart attack on Jan 11.

In GE14, Bakhtiar won a four-cornered fight against Barisan's Datuk Johan Abd Aziz, PAS' Mad Shahmiour Mat Kosim and PSM's S. Arutchelvan - with a majority of 8,964 votes.

Despite Pakatan's comfortable majority, Barisan is hoping its newfound alliance with former rivals PAS will pull more support towards them as displayed during the Cameron Highlands by-election last Jan 26.

The Semenyih polls is the sixth by-election post-GE14, and the second to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands.

It is also the fourth by-election for the Selangor state assembly, following Sungai Kandis (Aug 4), Balakong and Seri Setia (jointly held on Sept 8).


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