Sg Kandis by-election: Low voter turn-out due to lack of mood to vote

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SHAH ALAM (Aug 4): The voter turn-out for the Sungai Kandis by-election today was unofficially only 49.8 per cent, and it was believed to be due to voters having no mood to vote as they could still feel the impact of the 14th General Election.

Election Commission Deputy Chairman Tan Sri Othman Mahmood said he was personally not satisfied with the percentage of voter turn-out as the original target was 80 per cent.

"The voting process went well, but I am not satisfied as the voter turn-out was low," he told reporters at the vote counting centre in Section 19, Shah Alam here today.

He said the lowest recorded voter turn-out was during the Penanti by-election in Penang on May 31, 2009, at 46 per cent.

Meanwhile, a Selangor EC source told Bernama another factor which contributed to the low voter turn-out was the fact that many did not go back to the constituency to vote or were outside the area.

The by-election saw a three-cornered fight between PKR candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, Datuk Lokman Noor Adam (BN) and K. Murthy (Independent).

The Sungai Kandis state seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei from lymphoma cancer on July 2.