State polls: Candidates, party leaders among early birds at polling centres


Muda’s candidate for Batu Tiga Cheda Razak (Saiyidah Izzati Nur Razak Maideen) (left) is all smiles after casting her vote at her old school SK Seksyen 18, Shah Alam, Selangor. With her is Nadirah Muda, her school friend since Year One until Form Five.

KUALA LUMPUR: Party leaders and candidates contesting in the state elections showed up early and were seen eagerly waiting to fulfil their civic duty before the polling centres opened on Saturday (Aug 12).

Some of them were already lining up with other voters as early as 7.30am while waiting for the polling centres in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu to open.

Among the early birds was Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz who voted at Sekolah Kebangsaaan (SK) Puncak Alam 2 for the Jeram state seat and had his task completed by 8.02am.

In Penang, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who is a candidate for the Padang Kota state seat, arrived at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenis Cina Hu Yew Seah in George Town at 7.55am and left at 8.15am.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said who is contesting the Kijal state seat, arrived at SK Telok Kalong in Kijal with his wife and they were the first to vote at the polling centre.

PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang, was among those who arrived early at Sekolah Kebangsan Rusila, Marang to cast their ballots for the Rhu Rendang state seat.

Meanwhile, in Selangor, Lembah Jaya state seat candidate, rapper Syed Ahmad Syed Abdul Rahman Alhadad, better known as Altimet of Pakatan Harapan, cast his vote at 8.10 am at SMK Seri Keramat.

Caretaker Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari who is also Sungai Tua state seat candidate, arrived at SJKC Selayang Baru, Batu Caves at 8.35am and completed the voting process 10 minutes later.

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also shared on X (formerly Twitter) his purple finger with wife Dr Siti Hasmah after voting in Anak Bukit, Kedah.

- Bernama

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