Early voting ends for Balakong by-election

Manirajan Ramasamy, ANWAR PATHO ROHMAN

SELANGOR: Early voting in the Balakong state seat by-election saw 28 out of 31 eligible voters cast their ballots hours before the deadline of noon today.

It is learnt that the remaining three voters had either retired or moved to a different constituency and will not be voting.

Polling began at 8am at the Seri Kembangan Police Station staff quarters here.

Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahamood said that as of 9.15am, 28 police personnel had voted.

"The EC is happy to see a (high) turnout of early voters, despite the closing time being 12pm," he said when met at the polling centre.

The early voters were choosing between Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki and MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong.

Also present was Kajang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof and Returning Officer, Datuk Rosli Othman.

Both Tan and Wong were at the polling centre to check on voting progress.

Wong said that she was happy with how smoothly early voting was going, but expressed concern that most voters are still unaware that polling day is on Saturday.

“Many keep asking, and think it is next week. We still have a lot of work to do these four days. I am going to continue going to the ground, to make people aware and ask them to come out and vote this Saturday," she said.

About 62,219 registered voters will be casting their ballots on Sept 8. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd