Rantau polls: Early voting wraps up with high voter turnout of 96%

SEREMBAN: Early voting for the Rantau by-election wrapped up at noon on Tuesday (April 9) with a high voter turnout of 96%, says the Election Commission (EC).

Early voting kicked off at 8am at two voting centres, namely the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Sendayan and the Rantau police station.

The two polling stations will close at noon.

The early voting involves a total of 110 early voters with eight postal voters, 74 military personnel and their spouses will vote at the Sendayan air base.

The remaining 36, who are police personnel, will vote at the Rantau police station.

The state seat has 20,926 registered voters with 55.51% Malay, 18.46% Chinese, 26% Indian and others at 0.03%.

The Rantau polling day on Saturday (April 13) will see a four-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional's Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Pakatan Harapan's Dr S. Streram and independent candidates R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin.

The Rantau by-election was triggered following a Federal Court decision to uphold an earlier ruling by the Election Court to nullify the results for Rantau.

In GE14, Umno deputy president Mohamad won the state seat unopposed, after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have a tag or a pass.

Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed Dr Streram's petition for a by-election on the grounds that Mohamad's election victory was not valid.

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


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