EC Expects Over 80 Percent Voter Turnout For Kajang By-Election Sunday

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KAJANG, March 22 (Bernama) – The Election Commission (EC) expects over 80 percent of the 38,055 registered voters in Kajang constituency will turnout to cast their votes Sunday. EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the expectation was based on the trend and the percentage of voter turnout in the previous state by-election. He did not rule out possibility it would exceed the 88.4 percent recorded in the 13th general election (GE13) as polling was held on a weekend.

“I hope the voters will fulfill their responsibility,” he told a press conference after visiting the vote counting centre at Kajang Municipal Council Sports Complex in Bangi, near here today. On Wednesday, 88.39 percent or 1,050 of the 1,197 advance voters in Kajang constituency discharged their responsibility by voting. On preparation for polling, Abdul Ghani said that all the ballot boxes and materials for tomorrow are ready, including the indelible ink. “All the equipment is ready and will be kept locked in this building so that security personnel can take them to polling district centres tomorrow morning.

“Today, all 688 EC staff, including police officers, army personnel and polling centre chiefs have been invited to attend an orientatation and briefing session to facilitate polling.” Asked about the campaign which has entered the last day, Abdul Ghani said the EC was satisfied as no incidents of violence were reported. He reminded political parties involved to comply with regulations under the Election Act and the Election Offences Act by stopping the campaign at midnight.

“Canvassing for votes is prohibited tomorrow. Only representatives of the candidates are allowed to be in the designated protected areas.” He advised voters to identify the polling centres and polling booths and to bring along their identity cards. Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) are involved in a straight fight for the Kajang state seat.

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