KUALA KANGSAR, Jun 18 – The Election Commission anticipates a bigger voter turnout for the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar parliamentary by-elections, going by the number of people coming out to vote. EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the percentage might surpass the 75% forecast by the time polling closes at 5pm. He said that the percentage can go higher if voters living outside the constituencies return and vote as well.
He told this to reporters after a visit to the polling centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Raja Muda Musa here. Voters in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar are going to the polls today to elect new MPs following the deaths of the previous elected representatives, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad and Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon respectively, in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5.
Mohd Hashim said polling was going on smoothly in the two by-elections. He said 34% of the 42,365 voters in Sungai Besar had cast their ballots as of 11am. The Kuala Kangsar by-election is a four-cornered contest among the Barisan Nasional, PAS, Parti Amanah Negara and an Independent candidate while the Sungai Besar by-election is a three-cornered fight among BN, PAS and Amanah. — Bernama