Voter turnout still lagging at Balakong and Seri Setia

Veena Babulal and Siti Nur Mas Erah Amran

KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission has appealed for voters to come out and cast their ballot.

Its deputy chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said this following the low voter turnout that was observed close to midday today for the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections.

He announced that the state constituencies each recorded a 21 and 23 per cent voter turnout at around 11am.

“We are still calling for voters to come out and exercise their duty as even though there’s still a lot of time left, the weather is unpredictable,” he added.

A total of 50,692 and 62,160 registered voters will be casting their votes for the Seri Setia and Balakong by-election here today respectively.

Voters brave the rain at the polling centre in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Cheras Perdana to cast their votes during the Balakong by-election. Bernama.

In Seri Setia, PH candidate Halimey Abu Bakar is contesting head-to-head with PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali after 21 days of campaigning. The Seri Setia state seat fell vacant after incumbent assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin died on Aug 2 after losing a battle with cancer. The Balakong state seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent, DAP's Eddie Ng Tien Chee, in a car accident on July 20. MCA’s Tan Chee Teong is facing PH’s Wong Siew Kee. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd