EC targets 70% voter turnout


SEREMBAN: The Election Commission (EC) is targeting 70% of the Rantau voters casting their ballots in the April 13 by-election.

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom said the percentage of turnout might rise, as seen in the Semenyih by-election.

“Semenyih was 73%, maybe it could be even more, so it is a challenge to the people of Rantau.

“The EC hopes voters will exercise their rights and responsibilities,” he told a press conference after the nomination of election candidates.

Azmi said several improvements had been made in earlier by-elections, including adding 11 new channels to polling centres with a large number of voters.

“This means that the number of channels has gone up from 44 to 55.

“There will be two channels for voters aged 60 and above with an additional 30 minutes voting time from 8am to 5.30pm, compared to 8am to 5pm earlier,” he said.

He also said the EC would broadcast the vote counting via Facebook live streaming by taking into consideration its suitability in one channel in a selected voting centre as exposure and to raise awareness on the process of vote counting.

“Apart from that, the EC has also selected 137 observers from 15 organisations comprising government agencies, non-governmental organisations, organisations and individuals to monitor the election process,” he said.

Seremban deputy police chief Supt Mohd Rosli Ishak said supporters of both Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional had complied with police order yesterday.

“Even though there were shouting matches between the supporters of both parties, police managed to keep the situation under control,” he told reporters. — Bernama