TUMPAT, Sept 25 –  Counting of votes in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election has started after all 11 polling stations closed at 5pm today. The Election Commission (EC) pegged voter turnout at 73%, although the total number of people who cast their ballots has yet to be announced. There are 24,097 voters in the constituency. Polling went smoothly today, with the exception of a minor incident when PAS Youth nabbed a suspected phantom voter as he attempted to cast his vote at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bendang Pak Yong. But, Kelantan police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim later confirmed that the individual was a Malaysian citizen “who has carried out his duty in casting his vote.” Earlier this afternoon, EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusoff told a press conference that were no untoward incidents from nomination to polling day. He attributed the high turnout to voter awareness, good weather, and campaigning, among others.

Voting for the Pengkalan Kubor by-election began at 8am this morning at 11 polling stations and 45 streams, for 23,929 ordinary voters. The EC had expected more than 70% voter turnout, despite polling falling on a weekday. During the early voting on September 21, a total of 105 out of 109 police personnel cast their votes for the by-election, at a turnout of 96.3%. Vote counting will be carried out at the tallying centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Biji Wangsa, while the official results is expected to be announced as early as 9pm tonight. Earlier this morning, BN candidate Mat Razi Mat Ail cast his ballot at Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpangan, while PAS’s Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim voted at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Bendang Pak Yong. Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary did not cast his ballot as he is not a voter here. There are 29,047 registered voters in Pengkalan Kubor. Malays make up 92%, Chinese 1%, Indians 0.1% and Siamese 6.8%.

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