Route clear for PM-in-wait­ing

He se­cures PD par­lia­men­tary by-election with 31,016 votes

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The path is now clear for Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim to take his place as Prime Min­is­ter-in­wait­ing af­ter he gained a solid man­date in the Port Dickson par­lia­men­tary by-election. De­spite the lower voter turnout, the PKR pres­i­dent-elect romped home with a mas­sive 31,016 votes, im­prov­ing on Pakatan Hara­pan’s ma­jor­ity. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say Pakatan must now en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of power be­tween the two lead­ers.

PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim se­cured a huge man­date in the Port Dickson par­lia­men­tary by-election, win­ning with a 23,560vote ma­jor­ity.

Ex­cept for the PAS can­di­date, all five In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates lost their de­posits.

The Pakatan Hara­pan can­di­date polled 31,016 votes - leav­ing sec­ond-placed Lt-Kol (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar of PAS, who se­cured 7,456 votes, far be­hind.

Tan Sri Isa Sa­mad man­aged 4,230 votes, Ste­vie Chan (337), Lau Seck Yan (214), Kan Chee Yuen (154), with An­war’s for­mer aide Mohd Sai­ful Bukhari Azlan com­ing in last with 82 votes.

The ma­jor­ity se­cured by An­war was the big­gest in the his­tory of the con­stituency, de­spite a low voter turnout of only 58.25%. In GE14, the turnout for the con­stituency was 82.8%.

Based on records, the high­est ma­jor­ity was se­cured by Barisan Na­sional in 2004 when the con­stituency was known as Teluk Ke­mang, with Barisan can­di­date Datuk L. Kr­ish­nan win­ning by a ma­jor­ity of 21,105 votes.

Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer Khairy Maamor made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment at 9.15pm at the Port Dickson Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Hall.

An­war was con­grat­u­lated by the other can­di­dates and raised his hands to ac­knowl­edge the cheers of the crowd.

Among the Pakatan lead­ers who were present was DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang.

The ju­bi­lant PKR-pres­i­dent elect was gar­landed by sev­eral of his sup­port­ers.

The new MP ap­peared to be in no hurry as he spoke to his con­stituents who stepped for­ward to of­fer their con­grat­u­la­tions.

Election Com­mis­sion chair­man Azhar Az­izan Harun told re­porters that he was pleased with the way the by-election was held.

Asked if he was sat­is­fied with the 58.25% voter turnout, Azhar said he was as it was higher com­pared with the three pre­vi­ous by-elec­tions.

“I think this is quite re­al­is­tic since we only had the gen­eral election five months ago,” he said. An­war will be sworn in as the new Port Dickson law­maker on Mon­day when Par­lia­ment re­con­venes.

The Port Dickson by-election was trig­gered by the exit of Datuk Danyal Balagopal Ab­dul­lah to make way for An­war’s re­turn to Par­lia­ment.

Danyal­had won the seat in a three-cor­nered fight with a 17,710 vote ma­jor­ity.

A to­tal of 68,317 vot­ers were el­i­gi­ble to cast their bal­lots in yes­ter­day’s by-election.

In the bag: An­war rais­ing his hand af­ter the an­nounce­ment made by EC. Look­ing on are (from left) Kan and Lau.

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