KAJANG: The Election Commission (EC) is expecting a 70% turnout for the upcoming Semenyih by-election on March 2.
The campaign period began today after the naming of the four candidates.
EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun is confident of a good turnout, noting the great interest in the polls.
Those contesting in the by-election are PPBM’s Aiman Zainali, 30, Umno’s Zakaria Hanafi, 58, PSM’s Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, 25, and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng, 56, better known as the “10 sen man”.
No candidates were disqualified.
Zakaria is a former Kampung Sesepan Kelubi Umno branch permanent chairman. He is now an ordinary Umno member.
Hulu Langat PPBM treasurer Aiman is the son-in-law of the late Semenyih assemblyman Bakhtiar and an electrical engineer.
The two local Semenyih lads are up against Nik Aziz, a traditional massage business owner, as well as philanthropist Kuan, who is a former police officer.
The by-election is the sixth to be held in the country since GE14, after the by-elections for the Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong state seats in Selangor and the Cameron Highlands and Port Dickson parliamentary seats in Pahang and Negeri Sembilan.
Azhar said this was the fastest nomination process so far. “Everything was settled by 9.45am.”
Nominations opened at 9am and closed at 10am.
The EC received Aiman’s nomination papers at 9.03am and Zakaria’s at 9.05am. Kuan and Nik Aziz’s papers were received by 9.10am.
Their names were announced by returning officer Mohd Sayuthi Bakar shortly after 10.20am. Sayuthi is also president of the Kajang Municipal Council.