EC SAT­IS­FIED WITH VOTER TURNOUT

Proac­tive mea­sures like mo­bile units were ef­fec­tive, says EC chief

New Straits Times - - NEWS - NUR AQIDAH AZ­IZI AND TUTY HARYANTI AH­MAD RODZI PORT DICKSON cnews@nstp.com.my

THE to­tal voter turnout for the Port Dickson by­elec­tion here stood at 58.25 per cent. The fig­ure was an­nounced by Election Com­mis­sion (EC) chair­man Azhar Az­izan Harun at the vote count­ing cen­tre at the Port Dickson Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Hall.

The fig­ure, how­ever, was lower than EC’s tar­geted 70 per cent turnout.

Azhar, nev­er­the­less, was sat­is­fied with the fig­ure as it was higher than the voter turnout at the Sun­gai Kan­dis, Balakong and Seri Se­tia by-elec­tions.

“We (EC) took proac­tive mea­sures to pro­mote the Port Dickson by-election through so­cial me­dia and ad­ver­tis­ing. We also col­lab­o­rated with the In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment.

“We used mo­bile units to in­vite vot­ers to come and vote,” he said.

The Port Dickson con­stituency has 75,770 reg­is­tered vot­ers, com­pris­ing 43 per cent Malays, Chi­nese (33 per cent), In­di­ans (22 per cent) and other races (two per cent).

The Sun­gai Kan­dis by-election saw a 49.9 per cent turnout, Balakong (43 per cent) and Seri Se­tia (44 per cent).

Azhar ear­lier said EC had re­ceived a re­port that election rules and reg­u­la­tions were be­ing vi­o­lated, less than an hour af­ter polls opened here yes­ter­day.

He said EC had re­ceived a re­port that mem­bers of two po­lit­i­cal par­ties were can­vass­ing votes in front of a vot­ing cen­tre at SK Teluk Ke­mang here.

“I don’t care which side they are on. (But) cam­paign­ing dur­ing polling day is strictly pro­hib­ited. (It) is against EC’s laws and reg­u­la­tions and ac­tion can be taken.

“I have in­structed election au­thor­i­ties to di­rect the rel­e­vant par­ties to stop what they are do­ing and dis­perse,” he said af­ter vis­it­ing the vot­ing cen­tre at SK Port Dickson here.

“The pub­lic can lodge re­ports if they see any vi­o­la­tion. EC will take ac­tion,” Azhar said.

PIC BY MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA

Pakatan Hara­pan sup­port­ers cheer­ing as the re­sult is an­nounced.

PIC BY HAZREEN MO­HAMAD

Election Com­mis­sion chair­man Azhar Az­izan Harun at the vote count­ing cen­tre at the Port Dickson Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Hall yes­ter­day.

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