Rompin by-election: Barisan wins seat with reduced majority

Both Datuk Hasan Arifin and wife Datin Rozidah Ab Karim showing their fingers marked with the voting ink. -- PHOTO: THE STAR
Both Datuk Hasan Arifin and wife Datin Rozidah Ab Karim showing their fingers marked with the voting ink. -- PHOTO: THE STAR

ROMPIN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional has won the Rompin by-election, albeit with a reduced majority. 

Based on official results from the Election Commission, Barisan defeated opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) with a majority of 8,895 votes. 

Barisan candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin garnered 23,796 votes while PAS’ Nazri Ahmad received 14,901 votes.    

Voter turnout was 73 per cent of the 53,294 registered voters in the Rompin constituency, which is about 38,900.

The seat fell vacant after incumbent of 23 years Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash along with five others on April 4 near Semenyih in Selangor.
 
In the 2013 general election, Dr Jamaluddin retained the seat by beating former Wanita PAS chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes. Voter turnout then was 85.9 per cent.
 
The Rompin by-election is the ninth to be called since GE13 in May 2013.