CHUKAI: Polling for the Kemaman parliamentary by-election, which began at 8am today, concluded at 6pm when all 49 polling centres were closed.
All the ballot boxes will be taken to the vote-tallying centre at the Kemaman municipal council’s Dewan Berlian Utama here, before the official result is expected to be announced at 9pm.
According to the Election Commission, the voter turnout as of 4pm stood at 60% of the 141,043 registered voters.
Barisan Nasional candidate Raja Affandi Raja Noor, who is a retired general and the former chief of defence forces, is in a straight fight with Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, who is contesting under the PAS ticket.
The by-election was called following an election court decision on Sept 26 which annulled the victory of PAS candidate Che Alias Hamid in the 15th general election last year over bribery claims.
Che Alias won the seat with a majority of 27,179 votes over his closest rival, Terengganu Umno chairman and former menteri besar Ahmad Said.
In GE15, PAS won all eight parliamentary seats in Terengganu.