Balakong voter turnout lowest in Malaysian by-election history

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BALAKONG (Sept 8): The voter turnout in the  Balakong by-election today was the lowest ever in Malaysian by-election history, according to Election Commission (EC) secretary  Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar.

Met by reporters after the results were announced for the Balakong by-election at Dewan Demesne, Hulu Langat Land and District Office in Bandar Baru Bangi tonight, Mohamed Elias said only 43 per cent  of the 62,219 registered voters cast their ballots in the by-election.

He said prior to this, the lowest voter turnout recorded was for the Penanti by-election in May 2009 which was just 46 per cent.

"This could be because of the mood of the people who may not be so keen to be voting again so soon after the general election. We view this (low turnout) very seriously and we will gather feedback on the factors contributing to it,” he said.

In this by-election, Pakatan Harapan’s candidate Wong Siew Ki, 32,  polled 22,508 votes to defeat MCA candidate Tan Chee Teong, 40, by a majority of 18,533 votes. Tan only managed to secure 3,975 votes.