PERMATANG PAUH – Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Suhaimi Sabudin and PKR candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail were among the early voters to turn out to cast their ballot for the Permatang Pauh by-election here today.
Suhaimi, 44, and his mother Che Jan Ahmad, 70, voted at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Guar Perahu here at 8.10 am.
Speaking to reporters later Suhaimi said the situation today was very different because he was voting as a candidate compared to previously when he voted as an ordinary voter.
“This time it is quite different as I voted for myself. I appeal to all to give me the chance to create a new history in Permatang Pauh,” he said.
Dr Wan Azizah voted at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Penanti here at 8.40 am.
Parti Rakyat Malaysia candidate Azman Shah Othman and Salleh Isahak (Independent) did not vote.
The early voting process involving 627 voters was held last Sunday.
A total of 24 polling centres with 130 channels were opened from 8 am to enable 71,252 voters to exercise their rights to cast their ballot.
The Penang Meteorological Department expected this morning’s fine weather to continue in the afternoon.
As today is a public holiday in Penang, it is anticipated that many more voters would turn out to vote at this by-election.
The Permatang Pauh Parlimentary by-election witnesses a four-cornered fight beteeen Suhaimi, Dr Wan Azizah, Azman Shah Othman (Parti Rakyat Malaysia) and and Salleh Isahak (Independent).
The by-election is held after its incumbent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost his eligibility as a member of Parliament following his conviction for sodomy and is currently serving a five-year jail sentence. – BERNAMA