Rantau by-election: polling smooth – police

SEREMBAN, The polling process at the Rantau state seat by-election, until the closures of all 14 voting centres at 5.30 pm, was smooth.

”Overall, the situation was under control and the polling was smooth,” said Seremban district deputy police chief Supt Mohd Rosli Ishak to Bernama here today.

He said police closely guarded the movements of the ballot boxes which would be taken to the vote counting centre at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Bandar Sri Sendayan, near here.

According to the Election Commission, 74 per cent of voters came out to cast their votes as of 4 pm and the result was expected to be announced latest by 10 pm.

The 15,960.74 ha Rantau state constituency, had 20,926 registered voters comprising 20,804 ordinary voters, four absentee voters and 118 early voters.

Of the total, 55.51 per cent or 11,615 were Malays, Chinese (18.46 per cent or 3,863), Indians (26 per cent or 5,441) and others (0.03 per cent or seven people)

The by-election saw a four-corner fight involving Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram, UMNO deputy president and former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan who represented Barisan Nasional and two independent candidates, namely, housewife R. Malarvizhi and former lecturer Mohd Nor Yassin.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)