EC: Voter-turnout expected at 70 per cent for Balakong, Seri Setia

Iskandar Shah Mohamed

SHAH ALAM: The Election Commission (EC) expects a voter-turnout of 70 per cent for both Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections this Saturday. Deputy EC chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said with four more days left before polling day, the EC had been galvanising efforts to promote a bigger voter turnout. He said EC sets a bigger target than the 49.8 per cent turnout which was recorded during the Sungai Kandis by-election. "However, the expected outcome (at 70 per cent) is only an estimation. We do understand that (the sentiment) is not the same as the 14th general election. "In our efforts to promote a bigger turnout, we have carried out several initiatives including deploying our mobile units to create such an awareness. "We have also requested candidates to remind voters that polling day is on Saturday," Othman said when met after visiting the early voting centre in Ababil Multipurpose Hall for the Seri Setia constituency at the Subang Airbase here yesterday. There are 2,770 registered early voters including 173 police officers and members. In Balakong, all 28 early voters who were police officers and members have cast their ballot papers at the voting centre set up at Seri Kembangan Police Station quarters as of 12pm. Othman said he had yet to receive any report of untoward incidents or offences during early polling yesterday. "We have yet to receive any official reports, but there are some claims of offences taking as posted on Facebook. "Hence, we urge the people to lodge official reports if there are such cases," he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd