Eight of the 16 polling centres in the Tanjong Datu state by-election have closed as of 1 pm today.
According to the Commission Election (EC), 61 per cent out of the 9,771 eligible voters have cast their votes.
Four of the polling centres closed at noon today are Sekolah Kebangsaan Telok Melano, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Chung Hua Sarayan Selarat, Sekolah Kebangsaan Stoh, and Kampung Rambungan Community Hall.
Another four polling centres closed as of 1 pm are Kampung Sungai Belian Community hall, Sekolah Kebangsaan Siar Campuran Kampung Bajo Lundu, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lundu and Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Sempadi.
The voting process has so far run smoothly despite the gloomy weather since early this morning.
On Feb 12 Feb, 188 voters or 1.9 per cent out of the 9,959 Tanjong Datu voters had already cast their votes at two early voting centres.
The by-election is held following the death of Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister Adenan Satem due to heart complications on Jan 11 at Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan.
In the 11th state election in May last year, Adenan, 72, obtained 6,360 votes against PKR candidate Jazolkipli Numan’s 468 votes, thereby securing a majority of 5,892 votes.
This time around, PKR opted not to join in the race to become the next representative for Tanjong Datu.
The by-election is a three-corner contest involving Barisan Nasional, represented by Adenan’s widow, Jamilah Anu; State Reform Party, Sarawak (Star)’s Johnny Aput; and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru candidate Rapelson Richard Hamit. –Bernama