Semenyih sees 38% turnout for early voting at 10am

Early voters cast their ballot papers today for the Semenyih by-election.

SEMENYIH: Voter turnout at the Semenyih by-election today was at 38% as of 10am, the Election Commission (EC) says.

Two polling centres had been open since 8am to enable 858 of 951 early voters to cast their votes in the state by-election.

A total of 761 are eligible to vote at the multipurpose hall, Battalion 4 General Operations Force (GOF) Camp Semenyih while the remaining 97 will vote at the Dicress Room of the Kajang district police headquarters.

The other 93 early voters, comprising GOF policemen, are postal voters.

The GOF polling centre will be open from 8am to 5pm while the voting centre at the Kajang district police headquarters will close at 2pm.

The Semenyih by-election witnesses a four-cornered contest among Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Zakaria Hanafi of Barisan Nasional, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul from PSM and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng.

The seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent assemblyman, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, 57, on Jan 11.

The early voting process is monitored by the agents of each candidate as well as election observers from representatives of organisations and NGOs appointed by the EC.

The ballot papers for early voting will not be counted at the voting centres tomorrow. The ballot boxes will be kept at the police station and taken to the counting centre specified by the EC on March 2.

The Semenyih state constituency has 54,503 registered voters, comprising 53,520 ordinary voters, 951 early voters and 32 absentee voters.