Early voting begins for Balakong, Seri Setia by-elections [NSTTV]

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SELANGOR: A total of 2,801 people will be casting their early ballots for the Balakong and Seri Setia state by-elections today.

Those eligible to vote comprise 31 police personnel in Balakong; and 2,597 military personnel, 173 policemen and their spouses in Seri Setia.


Election Commission staff applying final touches ahead of the early voting for the Balakong by-election at the Seri Kembangan Police Station. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

For Balakong constituents, voting began at 8am and will end at noon at the Seri Kembangan Police Station here.


Election Commission staff check ballot boxes ahead of the early voting for the Balakong by-election at the Seri Kembangan Police Station. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

Meanwhile, Seri Setia voters are casting their ballots from now until 5pm at the Ababil Multipurpose Hall, Subang Air Base; and at the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) SMS Complex in Shah Alam.


Pakatan Harapan candidate for Balakong by-election Wong Siew Ki campaigning at the Sungai Chua market in Kajang on Sept 2. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

Election Commission (EC) member Datuk Md Yusop Mansor said yesterday that the early voting process will be witnessed by candidates’ polling agents and local observers from non-governmental organisations selected by the EC.

“Early ballot papers will not be counted (today), but instead will be kept in a secure place (in) police lockup.


In this Sept 2 pic, MCA candidate for Balakong by-election Tan Chee Teong mingles during colouring contest in conjunction with the national day celebrations at Pekan Batu 11, Cheras. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

“Counting of the ballots will be carried out on polling day on Sept 8 at the polling stations appointed by the EC,” Yusop said.


PAS candidate for the Seri Setia by-election, Dr Halimah Ali, speaks to reporters on Sept 2 in Petaling Jaya. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

Both the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections will see straight fights between Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki and MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong in Balakong; and PH candidate Halimey Abu Bakar and Pas candidate Dr Halimah Ali in Seri Setia.


Pakatan Harapan candidate for Seri Setia by-election Halimey Abu Bakar addresses the media at the party’s operation centre in Kelana Jaya. Pic by MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

Polling day for both by-elections is set for Sept 8.

9am Update:In Balakong, EC deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahamood said that as of 8.27am, 17 police personnel have cast their votes.

"We only have 31 (early voters in Balakong). There are two to three policemen who have retired, and some moved to other police stations. But I hope they will come and vote," he said when met at the Seri Kembangan Police Station polling centre.

Meanwhile, MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong arrived at 8.50am to check on the voting progress.

"I am happy that the voting process is going on well. There are only 31 voters here and I hope they make a (wise) decision on who should be the person to take care of their area," he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd