PH candidate wants bigger voter turnout for Seri Setia by-election

Syed Umar Ariff and Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim

PETALING JAYA: Halimey Abu Bakar has pledged to increase voters' turnout on polling day to avoid a repeat of the poor turnover in the recent Sungai Kandis by-election.

The Pakatan Harapan Seri Setia by-election candidate said there were weaknesses in the Sungai Kandis campaign, which led to a poor 49.4 per cent voter turnout, a far cry from the 80 per cent predicted by the Election Commission.

The turnout in Sungai Kandis was the second lowest after the Penanti by-election in 2009.

"We have discussed with both leaderships at the state and central levels. What happened in Sungai Kandis should not be repeated and we have learned from the weaknesses.

"We will improve efforts to increase the numbers. All local leaders at central and district levels must ensure that all voters are out on polling day," Halimey told a media conference on Sunday.

Halimey said several strategies were in place increase the turnout percentage.

'"But there is no need for me to divulge on the strategies. What is more important is that everyone must come out to vote."

There are 53,492 registered voters in Seri Setia.

Halimey is facing Pas candidate and former Selangor exco Dr Halimah Ali.

The Seri Setia by-election is being held following the death of its incumbent, Prof Dr. Shaharuddin Badaruddin, who died at the Putrajaya Hospital on Aug 2 from colon cancer.

In the 14th general election, Dr Shaharuddin won the seat with a 19,372 vote majority, defeating BN candidate Yusoff M Haniff; Pas’ Mohd Ghazali Daud; and Independent candidate, S Vigneswaran.

Polling day is on Sept 8. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd