Chini: Voter turnout 72 per cent, seven per cent lower than 14th general election

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom was quoted as saying, based on his observation, standard operating procedures (SOPs) set for the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic were well complied with.  Source (pic): MMO

چيني: 72 % كلوار اوندي، 7 % كورڠ دري ڤرو14

A total 72 percent of the 20,816 voters in the Chini state by-election, as at 4 pm, have cast their ballots. According to Bernama, this turnout exceeded the Election Commission’s (EC) 70 percent target. 

The Chini state by-election is a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional’s (BN), Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, who is a Felda Chini second-generation settler, and two independent candidates, businessman Tengku Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and blogger Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

In the 14th general election, Abu Bakar faced off with PAS candidate Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim and PKR’s Mohamad Razali Ithnain.

The turnout back then was 79.05 per cent with the late Abu Baker Harun trashing his competition, Mohd.Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim with a 4,622 vote majority.


PEKAN:  A total 72 percent of the 20,816 voters in the Chini state by-election, as at 4 pm, have cast their ballots.

According to Bernama, this turnout exceeded the Election Commission’s (EC) 70 percent target.




The report said the voting process in 13 voting centres, involving 65 channels, began at 8 am and ended at 5.30 pm.

EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom was quoted as saying, based on his observation, standard operating procedures (SOPs) set for the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic were well complied with.

However, he also admitted that some found it hard to follow social distancing protocols.

Bernama wrote:

As for security, there have been no reports of untoward incidents with police presence evident at all locations near polling centres. 

No police roadblocks have been sighted so far, but it is learnt that once polling ends, they will be mounted along Jalan Kuantan-Segamat which leads to the tallying centre at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) here, as the authorities are attempting to prevent large crowding by supporters, except for those with special passes.  

The Chini state by-election is a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional’s (BN), Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, who is a Felda Chini second-generation settler, and two independent candidates, businessman Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and blogger Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

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The by-election was held following the death of incumbent Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun, 60, at Kuala Lumpur Hospital due to a heart attack on May 7. Abu Bakar was Chini state assemblyman since the 11th general election in 2004.

It is the first by-election to be held since enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18, with several SOPs introduced, including special streams for voters aged 60 and above.

In the 14th general election, Abu Bakar faced off with PAS candidate Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim and PKR’s Mohamad Razali Ithnain.

The turnout back then was 79.05 per cent with the late Abu Baker trashing his competition, Mohd.Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim with a 4,622 vote majority.

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