KOTA BHARU – The police reported incident-free polling as of 11 am today in the Chempaka state by-election.
Kelantan Police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said 1,020 police officers and personnel had been deployed to all the nine polling centres to monitor voters and guide motorists.
“On my visits to the polling centres, I observed that polling is going on smoothly,” he told reporters after calling at the polling centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Chempaka here.
Mazlan advised voters to come out early and exercise their right in view of the fine weather and to avoid getting caught in traffic congestion during the rush in the evening.
The by-election is a five-cornered contest among PAS candidate Ahmad Fathan Mahmood alias Mahamad, 42, and four independent candidates, namely former lecturer Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, 48; former Kelantan Perkasa vice-president Sharif Mahmood, 59; Pertubuhan Keturunan Paduka Raja Cik Siti Wan Kembang president Fadzillah Hussin, 55, and businessman Aslah Mamat, 64.
It has been necessitated by the death of the assemblyman, PAS spiritual leader and former Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat on Feb 12 at the age of 84. – BERNAMA