GE15: Ahmad Zahid, Takiyuddin, Radzi among early voters to cast ballots


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KUALA LUMPUR: As soon as the polling stations opened at 8am on Saturday (Nov 19), the contesting candidates, including party leaders, were seen arriving early to fulfil their responsibilities for the 15th General Election (GE15).

Some of them were seen in the queue with other voters while waiting for the polling station to open.

Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Umno president, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, arrived at 8.20am to cast his vote at Madrasah Manbail Ulum in Sungai Nipah Darat.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat and Bersatu vice-president, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, arrived at Al-Najah Religious Primary School, Precinct 9, Putrajaya at 8.20am to cast his vote, while the PN candidate for the Gombak parliamentary seat, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, arrived at 8.30am to vote at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Klang Gate, Hulu Klang.

The incumbent and PN candidate for the Kota Baru parliamentary seat, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, who is also PAS secretary-general, arrived at 7.48am at Maktab Sultan Ismail (SIC), Kota Bharu, and waited with other voters for the polling station to open at 8am.

Umno secretary-general, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, who is also the BN candidate for the Pontian parliamentary seat, was also one of the first to vote at SK Seri Bahagia in Benut, Pontian, as soon as the polling station opened at 8am.

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who is also the BN candidate for the Kota Tinggi parliamentary seat, arrived at the SK Taman Rinting polling station, Pasir Gudang, Johor, at 8.10am to fulfil his voting responsibilities.

The BN candidate for the Kemaman parliamentary seat, who is also Terengganu BN chairman, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, and his wife, Toh Puan Seri Norliza Mahmud, arrived at the SK Teluk Kalong polling centre at 7.55am.

Johor Umno deputy chief, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also a BN Pulai candidate, arrived with his wife, Rossana Jaafar and his mother, Puan Seri Salbiah Abd Hamid, 84, at SK Agama Dato Omar Yusuf polling station, Johor Bahru, at 8.15am.

BN candidate contesting the Kuala Selangor parliamentary seat, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, arrived at SK Puncak Alam 2 polling station at 8.20am.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) candidate for Petra Jaya parliamentary seat, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, with his wife, Datin Seri Raziah Mohd Tahir, finished casting their ballots at SK Rakyat, Jalan Bolhassan, Kuching, Sarawak, at 8.31am.

Also seen arriving early was BN candidate for Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat, Datuk Chew Yin Keen, who cast his ballot at SK Seri Anggerik, Cheras.

The GE15 voting process officially starts at 7.30am in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, while in Peninsular Malaysia it starts at 8am.

Also held simultaneously is voting for the Bugaya state by-election in Sabah, which was postponed following the proclamation of an emergency to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Polling centres in Peninsular Malaysia will be closed in stages between noon and 6 pm. - Bernama

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