Tuesday, 14 July 2009

D-day for people of Manek Urai (Update)

Live coverage: here, here and here

Update: 7:52pm

7.38pm: At the PAS campaign headquarters, officials are saying that the party has won by 70 votes (PAS - 5,363 votes, BN - 5,293). However, it is still not clear who has won.

7.35pm: Unofficial results show Umno leading in two polling stations - Manek Urai Baru dan Manek Urai Lama, while PAS is leading in Lata Rek and Chuchoh Puteri. The other polling stations are Temalir, Sg Peria, Sg Sok, Manjor and Laloh.

There are recounts for some ballot boxes.

Update: 6:56pm

PAS claims victory as polling ends - malaysiakini

Jul 14, updated 5.05pm

PAS supporters are already celebrating the victory of its candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah in the Manek Urai by-election.

When the 50-year-old fishmonger arrived at the PAS base around 4.40pm, he was greeted by shouts of 'Allahuakhbar' (God is great) and mobbed by supporters.

It was reported that the BN entrance to the Counting Centre is empty. BN abandoned their election machinery by 3:00pm.

And, deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin left Manek Urai at 5.50pm.

Earlier posting:

Voting for the Manek Urai by-election started smoothly at 8am today when the two contesting candidates visited polling stations in the area, Malaysiakini reports.

Voter will have nine hours, until 5pm, to cast their votes in this crucial by-election. The result is expected to be known by 8pm.

Umno is fielding its Kuala Krai Youth chief Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat as its candidate, while PAS is banking on its Kuala Krai treasurer, Mohd Fauzi Abdullah.

Manek Urai has 12,293 voters of whom 99.2 per cent are Malays, while the remainder are Chinese and Indians.

Voters are casting their votes in nine polling centres - SK Temalir, SK Peria, SK Manek Urai, SK Manek Urai Baru, SK Sungai Sok, SK Chuchoh Puteri, SK Lata Rek, SK Kampung Karangan, and SMK Laloh.

Election Commission chairman Abdul Aziz Yusof is hoping for a 85 per cent turnout as 90 per cent of the voters are local rubber tappers, farmers and fishermen.

There were 1,300 outstation voters while some political parties claimed it could be as high as 2,000.

The state seat fell vacant following the death of PAS assemblyman Ismail Yaacob on May 22.

Manik Urai is the seventh by-election since the general election in March last year and the fifth since Datuk Seri Najib was sworn in as Prime Minister in April. BN won only one - the Batang Ai state seat in Sarawak - of the five by-elections it contested.

Political observers rated this by-election as a close fight between Umno and PAS but concede that the latter still has the advantage.

Manek Urai is a Pas stronghold and the party has never been defeated in this constituency in the last 20 years, except in 2004 when the late Ismail Yaacob did not contest.

In last year’s general election, Ismail regained the seat with a majority of 1,352.

Related articles: Manek Urai: No chance for BN and Manik Urai By Election .

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

how come you are so sure? we need a change in manik urai..