Rantau polls: Streram casts ballot on wedding anniversary

SEREMBAN: Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram hopes it would be a "double celebration" for him as voters cast their ballots for the Rantau by-election on Saturday (April 13). It turns out his wedding anniversary also falls today.

He arrived at the polling centre cast his vote at SJK (T) Rantau polling station at 8.27am.

Dr Streram is one of the three candidates who are eligible to vote in the Rantau by-election.

Asked how he felt after casting his ballot, Dr Streram said he felt happy as he has been waiting for this day to come.

"If I win, this would be the anniversary gift for my wife and my family," he told reporters at the polling station.

"She always wants me to serve the people," he said.

He is celebrating his 34th wedding anniversary with his wife R. Pushpagandy on Saturday.

The Rantau by-election is a four-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Dr Streram and independent R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin.

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

In the 14th General Election, Umno deputy president Mohamad, a three-term Rantau assemblyman, won the state seat unopposed after Dr Streram was denied entry to the nomination centre to submit his nomination papers as he had no tag or pass.

The Election Court 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.

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

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