Kajang by-election turnout at 47pc says Election Commission

A voter casts her vote at the Kajang by-election, Kajang, March 23, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
A voter casts her vote at the Kajang by-election, Kajang, March 23, 2014. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

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KAJANG, March 23 — Turnout at the Kajang by-elections reached just over 47 per cent at 1 pm today, with just four hours before polling closes, according to data from the Election Commission.

The Election Commission (EC) confirmed that 17,977 voters or 47.24 per cent of the Kajang electoral roll had cast their votes by 1pm.

Voting stations will close at 5pm, while the polls results for the straight fight between MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail are expected as early as 9pm tonight.

There are 39,278 registered voters in Kajang with Malays making up 48 per cent, followed by the Chinese at 41 per cent and Indians at 10 per cent.

Voter turnout during the election fever last May reached 88 per cent.

In last year’s general election, PKR’s Lee Chin Cheh won the Kajang seat with a comfortable 6,824 majority in a six-cornered fight against Barisan Nasional’s Lee Ban Seng and four independents. Lee won 57 per cent of all votes.