Seri Setia voter turnout at 44 per cent, way below 70 per cent Election Commission target

NSTP Team

PETALING JAYA: The Seri Setia by-election which registered a 44 per cent turnout was way below the target of 70 per cent set by the Election Commission (EC).

EC deputy chairman Tan Sri Osman Mahmood said he does not know the reason for the poor turnout as it's " subjective and might have other reasons".

He believes that the recent conclusion of the 14th General Election in May may have attributed to the poor turnout.

“ There might have been lack of interest among the voters."

" Maybe certain voters, would have assumed, that the by-election results, might not change much the political scenario of the country and there are not many issues as well to raise," he said.

He said this in an interview with RTM at the Seri Setia main vote counting centre in Dewan Civic here.

Osman added that in the run-up to the by-election, the EC had undertaken

numerous promotions and publicity blitz, to encourage voters of Seri Setia to come out and vote on September 8.

" We will conduct a post mortem to see the reasons for the low voter turnout," he added.

A total of 50,692 registered voters were expected to cast their ballots in the Seri Setia by-election here today.

Eighteen polling centres with 115 streams was open from 8am to 5.30pm.

The Seri Setia state seat has 53,492 registered voters, comprising 50,692 regular voters and 2,770 early voters who cast their ballots on Sept 4.

Malay voters make up 54.02 per cent of the electorate, while 24.34 per cent are Indian and 19.75 per cent are Chinese.

In the 14th General Election on May 9, Prof Dr. Shaharuddin of PKR, obtained 29,250 votes and defeated BN candidate Datuk Yusoff HM Haniff, who obtained 9,878 votes, PAS’ Mohd Ghazali Daud (4,563 votes) and Independent candidate Dr S. Vignes (217 votes). — Reports by Manirajan Ramasamy, Rohaniza Idris, Veena Babulal and Siti Nur Mas Erah Amran © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd