CHUKAI: Voter turnout at the Kemaman by-election as of 10am stood at 18 per cent, according to the Election Commission (EC).
The EC said the number had doubled from only an hour ago when the turnout was at nine per cent at 9am.
49 polling centres and 244 polling streams for the Kemaman by-election opened at 8am on Saturday (Dec 2).
The polling stations in four districts - Kemasik, Kijal, Chukai and Air Putih - will close at 6pm.
The by-election process involves 2,102 staff of the Election Commission (EC), with 141,043 eligible voters.
Due to the floods, all 387 Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and six Armed Forces personnel members eligible for early voting were directed to cast their votes by post because their services and focus were needed in flood situations.
Therefore, the early voting on Nov 28 saw only the spouses of three military personnel cast their ballots at the Kijal police station.
The by-election sees a one-on-one clash between Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Gen (Rtd) Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor and Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, representing PAS.
It is being held following the decision of the Terengganu Election Court on Sept 26, which annulled the victory of PAS candidate Che Alias Hamid in the 15th General Election.- Bernama