Barisan Nasional (BN) has managed to retain the Pelangai legislative assembly seat with better results
PELANGAI – Barisan Nasional was offered a slight reprieve in the Pelangai by-election when it won handsomely after being battered during the Aug 12 state polls.
Unofficial results showed Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Amizar Abu Adam is leading in the three-cornered battle for the Pelangai state seat by-election.
As of 7.45pm, Amizar has garnered 6,563 votes; Kasim Samat of Perikatan Nasional is trailing with 3,747 votes after 28 of the 32 ballot boxes were counted.
Independent candidate Haslihelmy DM Zulhasli secured 37 votes so far.
Political observers had earlier banked on Amizar to be elected, succeeding the late Datuk Seri Johari Harun, who died in a plane crash in Selangor last month. The seat had been held for eight terms by Tan Sri Adnan Yaakub of UMNO, who was first elected in 1986. Adnan retired last year from politics.
At the general election last November, Johari, the Umno Youth chief for Bentong, won the seat defeating three rivals with a 4,048-vote majority.
As of 5pm, the Election Commission announced that the by-election recorded a 70 per cent turnout.
The polling process for the Pelangai state by-election, which began at 8 this morning, concluded at 6pm when all nine polling centres were closed.
All ballot boxes, from 30 streams, were taken to the vote-tallying centre at Dewan Orang Ramai Felda Kemasul, here, before the official results, expected to be announced at 9 tonight.
There is a total of 16,456 eligible voters in the state seat by-election, including 73 postal ballots, issued for 36 police personnel, and three overseas absentee voters.
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