KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 2,801 early voters for the Balakong and Seri Setia by-elections began casting their votes at 8am today.
According to Election Commission (EC) statistics, 31 are early voters in Balakong while the majority of 2,770 are registered in Seri Setia.
The early voters in Balakong are police personnel who will be casting their votes at the Seri Kembangan police quarters. The early voting centre will remain open from 8am until noon.
In Seri Setia, the early voters comprise 2,597 military personnel and their spouses, as well as 173 police personnel.
Early voting for the military personnel and their spouses is at the Ababil Hall at the Subang Naval Base, while police personnel will be casting their votes at the Royal Malaysia Police SMS Complex in Shah Alam.
Both early voting centres for Seri Setia are open from 8am to 5pm.
Once the voting process is complete, the ballot papers will be kept at the police lock-up and counted at the respective ballot counting centres on the night of Sept 8.
Both by-elections see a straight fight between the candidates, with Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki facing off with MCA’s Tan Chee Teong in Balakong and Halimey Abu Bakar (PH) running against Dr Halimah Ali (PAS) in Seri Setia.
The Balakong by-election was called following the death of incumbent Eddie Ng in an accident on July 20, while the Seri Setia by-election came after incumbent Shaharuddin Badaruddin died of cancer on Aug 2.
Balakong and Seri Setia have 62,219 and 52,650 registered voters respectively.
Polling will take place on Saturday.