KAJANG: Barisan Nasional (BN) is ahead of its main rival Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the Semenyih by-election, after more than half of the votes were tallied.
As at 7.30pm, BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi was leading by more than 2,000 votes against PH’s Aiman Zainali, after more than 30,000 ballot papers were counted.
Zakaria got 16,636 votes while Aiman got 14,414 votes.
There are 53,411 eligible voters in the state constituency, and according to the Election Commission, voter turnout was 73.3%.
Two other candidates, PSM’s Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Hong, have not managed to make any inroads so far, getting 673 votes and 601 votes respectively at press time.
The votes are being tallied at Dewan Seri Cempaka.
The Semenyih by-election was triggered by the death of incumbent assemblyman Bakthiar Mohd Nor of PPBM on Jan 11.
In the general election last year, he defeated three others including BN and PAS with a 8,964-vote majority.
The by-election is the sixth to be held in the country.
Prior to this, by-elections were held in Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia, Balakong, Port Dickson and Cameron Highlands, with all except Cameron Highlands won by PH.