Low voter turnout of 40% in Seri Setia by-election

PETALING JAYA: The Election Commission has confirmed that only 41% of voters turned out to vote today in the Seri Setia by-election as of 4pm.

This is a little more than half of what the EC originally predicted a few days ago.

They had predicted a 70% turnout in today’s by-election, after the last by-election in Sungai Kandis on Aug 4 also recorded a low turn-out of 49.5%.

The polling ended at 5.30pm and results are expected to be announced at 10pm.

Today’s by-election sees a contest between Pakatan Harapan candidate Halimey Abu Bakar and PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali.

PAS and Umno had sealed their cooperation by officially endorsing the PAS candidate contesting the Seri Setia state by-election.

Before this, PAS had made way for Umno’s candidate Lokman Noor Adam in the Sungai Kandis state by-election.

Seri Setia is part of the Petaling Jaya parliamentary seat. Some 55% of the voters are Malays, 20% Chinese and 24% Indians.

In BANGI, Soo Wern Jun reports that at 4pm, the Election Commission announced a 39% voter turnout for the Balakong state seat by-election.

The Balakong state seat fell vacant following the death of DAP’s Eddie Ng Tien Chee in a road accident last July.

MCA’s Tan Chee Teong is involved in a straight fight with Pakatan Harapan’s Wong Siew Ki.

Votes were cast at 16 polling stations within the Balakong constituency, with 128 streams made available to accommodate 62,160 voters.

The official result is expected to be announced earliest at 9pm.