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ROMPIN – Preparation for early voting of Rompin parliamentary by-election has been completed to ensure that everything goes well tomorrow.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the indelible ink to be used in the voting arrived in Rompin on Monday amidst tight police security.

“Preparation at the four early voting centres has been completed. I hope that all 545 early voters and their spouses will perform their responsibility tomorrow,” he said when contacted by Bernama here, today.

The four early voting centres are at Dewan Sri Ibam, 322 Squadron Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base, Bukit Ibam, Rompin District Police Headquarters (IPD), Muadzam Shah Police Station and Tekek Police Station, Tioman.

Abdul Aziz also said the agents of the contesting candidates will also watch the early voting process.

Loocal observers from non governmental organisations (NGOs) and academics appointed by EC can do so with the permission of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

Meanwhile, Rompin by-election media centre head, Supt Abdul Aziz Mahmud said 285 of the early voters are from ATM while another 260 are from PDRM.

“All the voting centres will be opened at 8 am while the centre at 322 Squadron in Bukit Ibam and IPD Rompin will be closed at 5pm.

“Two other voting centres, Muadzam Shah Police Station and Tekek Police Station, Tioman will be closed at 2 pm,” he said in a statement today.

The Rompin by-election is a straight fight between veteran politician Datuk Hasan Arifin of Barisan Nasional (BN) and newcomer Nazri Ahmad of PAS.

The seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis of BN on April 4 in a helicopter crash in Semenyih, Selangor.

At the 2013 general election, Jamaluddin easily beat Muslimat PAS chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes.

Some 52,744 ordinary voters will exercise their right to vote on May 5. – BERNAMA

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