KUALA KANGSAR, Jun 17 – The Election Commission expects a 75% voter turnout in both the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar parliamentary by-elections tomorrow. Its chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the percentage would likely rise if voters living outside the constituencies return home to discharge their respective responsibility. He said EC urges all voters to fulfill their responsibility.
He also said that voting is a priority in upholding democracy and choosing leaders. He told this to reporters after observing the inspection of ballot boxes at Dewan Jubli Perak here today. The Kuala Kangsar by-election is being held following the demise of the constituency’s member of parliament, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak on May 5.
It will be held tomorrow (June 18), simultaneously with the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election which was called following the demise of its MP Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon in the same incident. Meanwhile, Mohd Hashim urged voters in both parliamentary constituencies to check their voting status to avoid any hassle on polling day.
He said check the name of the polling centre..the channel number, because some of the voters’ polling stations had been changed following revision by EC for the purpose of redelineation. Mohd Hashim said the results of both by-elections would be announced by 9pm.
“The polling centres will open at 8am and close at 5pm. Don’t wait till the last minute to cast your vote,” he advised, reminding that bad weather and traffic congestion could obstruct voters from casting their ballot. A total of 74,997 voters are expected to cast their ballot respectively in the two parliamentary constituencies tomorrow. Of the number, 32,632 are in Kuala Kangsar and 42,365, in Sungai Besar.
Mohd Hashim also cautioned voters against surrendering their identity card to anyone other than EC. He further reminded employers to give permission to their staff to exercise their responsibility. He said any employer who prevented their workers from going out to vote can be taken action against, under Section 25(3) of the Election Offences Act 1954, which carries a fine of not more that RM5,000 or one year in jail. — Bernama