Slim by-election: EC targets 85% voters turnout

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The Chairman of Election Commission of Malaysia (EC), Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh speaks to the media practitioners after the final preparations of the N.58 Slim by-election at the Dewan Majlis Tanjung Malim in Tanjung Malim, Perak. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 AUGUST 2020
The Chairman of Election Commission of Malaysia (EC), Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh speaks to the media practitioners after the final preparations of the N.58 Slim by-election at the Dewan Majlis Tanjung Malim in Tanjung Malim, Perak.PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 AUGUST 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

TANJUNG MALIM – The Election Commission (EC) hopes that 85 percent of the voters will turnout for the Slim state assembly by-election. Meanwhile, the result of the poll is expected to be announced at 9.00 pm tomorrow.

The Chairman of EC, Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said, although they had previously targeted 70 percent of turnout, the increment of the expectation was based on several factors.

He said, the campaign of the Slim by-election has been peaceful. No traffic congestion is expected and it involves mainly the villagers there.

“I hope that it will increase. The by-election should be 85 percent here as it is peaceful, no congestion, villagers and most of the voters are community from Felda.

“I hope that the result would be early, if possible before 9pm if there is not commotion or objection,” he said during a news conference today.

Officers on duty sanitising the ballots counting centre at the Dewan Majlis Tanjung Malim in their final preparations for the N.58 Slim by-election in Perak.     PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 AUGUST 2020.
Officers on duty sanitising the ballots counting centre at the Dewan Majlis Tanjung Malim in their final preparations for the N.58 Slim by-election in Perak.
PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 28 AUGUST 2020.

Elaborating further, Abdul Ghani advised the voters to comply with the existing regulations so that they can guarantee the safety of their family and themselves as the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is still ongoing.

“I don’t want the voters to bring problems back to their families.

“Choose the right time to vote as additional hours have been gazetted for this by-election.

“Therefore, we don’t need to crowd the polling centres,” he said.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) put their hopes on the Slim local candidate, Mohd Zaidi Aziz, 43, who is also the Deputy UMNO Division Chief of Tanjung Malim to defend its seat. Meanwhile, lawyer, Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, 38, is contesting as an Indipendent candidate representing the camp of former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Besides the duo, another Independent Candidate, S. Santharasekaran, 42 is also contesting for the state assembly seat. – MalaysiaGazette

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