SANDAKAN (Bernama): Polling centres for the Sandakan by-election have recorded a 12% voter turnout as of 9am on Saturday (May 11).
Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun hoped more voters would come out to cast their votes early as the weather would become hotter in the afternoon.
Speaking to reporters when visiting the polling centre at SK Tanjung Papat 1 dan 2 here, Azhar said there were nine voting channels at the centre to facilitate 4,000 voters in the area.
He said that polling had run smoothly so far without any commotions or incidents that would affect public order.
The polling process will end at 5pm and involves 39,684 eligible voters in the constituency.
According to the electoral rolls, 51% of the voters in Sandakan are Chinese, 45% are Muslim bumiputra and the rest are of other races.
Some 49.48% of the voters are male and the rest are female.
On May 7, 75% of the 270 early voters cast their ballots.
The early voters were comprised of police officers and rank-and-file personnel.
The Sandakan by-election is a five-cornered fight involving DAP, PBS and three independents.
The seat fell vacant after the MP Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt died of a heart attack on March 28. - Bernama