ROMPIN: Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin and PAS candidate Nazri Ahmad are among the early voter turnouts for the Rompin parliamentary by-election here Tuesday.
Hasan, 62, and his wife Datin Rizidah Karim, 57, cast their votes at Sekolah Kebangsaan Leban Chondong, here at his birth place at 8.55 am.
Meanwhile Nazri,40, cast his ballot at the Sekolah Agama Rakyat LKTP Keratong 5, Felda here, where he grew up at 8 am.
A total of 38 polling centres and 115 channels were opened from 8 am today to enable 52,744 voters to cast their ballots.
On Thursday, 464 individuals or 85.1 per cent out of the total 545 voters had cast their ballots in early voting at four polling centres in the parliamentary constituency.
Rompin experienced fine weather this morning but the Meteorological Department has forecasted thunderstorms in the afternoon.
As today is a public holiday in Pahang, it is anticipated that more voters will turn out to cast their ballots in this by-election.
The Rompin by-election witnesses a straight fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin and PAS candidate Nazri Ahmad to fill the vacancy following the death of its incumbent Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.
Jamaluddin, who was also Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA) chairman, died in a helicopter crash in Semenyih, Selangor on April 4.
In the 13th general election, Jamaluddin retained the seat which he held for almost six terms by defeating former PAS Muslimat chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a 15,114 majority-vote. – BERNAMA