SUNGAI BESAR – Budiman Mohd Zohdi, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election, voted at the polling centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Limau.
Budiman, 44, arrived at the centre at 8.35am, with his parents, Mohd Zohdi Abdullah, 72, and Fatona Saimin, 62, and his wife Norma Aida Abdullah. Norma did not vote there as she is registered as a voter elsewhere.
“I hope the voter turnout will be high because the weather is fine, unlike yesterday when it rained throughout the day,” Budiman told reporters after exercising his right.
He also praised the Election Commission for the smooth voting process. The EC expects a voter turnout of 75 per cent.
Many voters had come out early to vote for fear that it may rain in the afternoon.
Several vote canvassers and supporters of the contesting political parties were seen gathered in harmony at the road shoulder about 50 metres from the polling centre.
Meanwhile, Azhar Abdul Shukur, the Parti Amanah Negara candidate for the by-election, told reporters he hoped that voters would come out early.
“It looks like a festival today … the atmosphere is fine, there is no tension, just harmony,” he said.
The Sungai Besar by-election is a three-cornered contest among Budiman, Azhar and Dr Abdul Rani Osman of PAS.
It is being held following the death of the MP, Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon, in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5. – BERNAMA