Rantau by-election: Tok Mat praises EC for improvements on polling day

SEREMBAN: Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has congratulated the Election Commission (EC) for the improvements on polling day at the Rantau by-election.

"There are some improvements, especially at the SJK(C) Chung Hwa where I cast my vote in the morning. Our feedbacks earlier were taken into considerations," he told reporters after greeting voters in SJK (T) Rantau on Saturday (April 13).

"The voting stream number one and two are nearer to the gate now in SJK(C) Chung Hwa. Previously, it was up there. The elderly voters and those who are  wheelchair-bound have to climb up the hillslope to vote," he noted.

"Thanks to our earlier feedbacks, we see changes now. They don't have to wait under the sun. I noticed that there were chairs prepared, quite comfortable. "Congrats to EC as they have taken our feedbacks into consideration. We see improvement," he added.

The Rantau polls kicked off on Saturday (April 13) as 20,804 voters exercise their constitutional right to pick their assemblyman.

It sees a four-cornered fight between Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram, independent candidates Malar Rajaram and Mohd Nor Yassin.

The 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, who was a three-term Rantau assemblyman, 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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