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Kemaman by-election: Status quo or change?

Publish date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023, 07:01 PM

CHUKAI (Dec 1): The decision whether Barisan Nasional (BN) can seize the Kemaman parliamentary seat or PAS continues to maintain the status quo will be determined by the voters in the by-election on Saturday (Dec 2).

After a two-week-long campaign, the voters will go to the 49 polling stations to mark their choice of candidate - either former chief of Defence Force Gen (Rtd) Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor of BN or Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar of PAS.

A total of 244 polling streams will be opened from 8am to 6pm, and the tallying of votes will be conducted at the Dewan Berlian Utama, Kemaman Municipal Council here.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh expected about 70% of the 141,043 eligible voters to turn up to cast their ballots in the Kemaman parliamentary by-election on Saturday, but it still depends on weather conditions because rain had been forecast throughout the day.

A total of 387 Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and six military personnel eligible for early voting had cast their votes by post to ensure focus on rescue works during the flood season.

On Nov 28, the early voting process was carried out at the Kijal police station, here, involving only three voters who were the spouses of the military personnel.

Terengganu police chief Datuk Mazli Mazlan said seven reports were lodged during campaigning and a thorough investigation will be carried out.

The by-election was called following the Sept 26 decision by the Terengganu Elections Court to nullify PAS candidate Che Alias Hamid’s victory in the 15th general election.

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