EC: 96% turnout of early voters in Rantau state by-election


Early voting for the Rantau state by-election, which closed at noon yesterday, recorded a 96% turnout, said the Election Commission (EC) in a statement.

Voting was conducted from 8am at two polling stations — the Sendayan air base and Rantau police station.

The Rantau state constituency has 20,926 registered voters, with 20,804 of them are ordinary voters, four absentee voters and the remaining 118 are early voters, with eight of them voting through post.

The Rantau by-election is the seventh after the 14th General Election (GE14) held on May 9, 2018, the others being the by-elections for the Sungai Kandis state seat on Aug 4, 2018; Balakong and Seri Setia state seats on Sept 8, 2018; Port Dickson parliamentary seat on Oct 13, 2018; Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat on Jan 26, 2019, and Semenyih state seat on March 2, 2019.

The Rantau by-election — polling for which is set for April 13 — is a four-cornered contest between anaesthetist Dr S Streram of Pakatan Harapan; Umno deputy president and former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan of Barisan Nasional and two independent candidates — namely R Malarvizhi, a housewife; and Mohd Nor Yassin, a former lecturer.

The by-election was necessitated by the Federal Court’s dismissal of an appeal filed by Mohamad to set aside the Nov 16 Seremban Election Court’s decision declaring his unopposed victory in GE14 null and void.

In GE14, Mohamad was declared the winner of the seat after Dr Streram was prohibited from entering the nomination centre to submit his nomination papers because he did not have a pass issued by the EC. — Bernama