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Low turnout in Kajang by-election spells bad news for Malaysia's opposition

Published on Mar 23, 2014 4:10 PM
 
PKR candidate Datin Seri Wan Azizah or known as 'Kak Wan' meeting with Kajang voters at Pasar Sg Chuah in Kajang on March 23, 2014. A low turnout by midday on Sunday, March 23, 2014 for the Kajang by-election has got the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) putting out an urgent call on social media for voters to come out. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A low turnout by midday on Sunday for the Kajang by-election has got the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) putting out an urgent call on social media for voters to come out.

At 1pm, the Election Commission reported that only 47 per cent had cast their votes, with four hours left to go. A low turnout could spell bad news for the PKR as it may mean that their supporters had not bothered to go out to vote in this controversial by-election which many had criticised as a waste of money and time.

The slow trickle of voters is in stark contrast with the 88 per cent turnout in the 2013 general election where PKR's Lee Chin Chen won by almost 7,000 votes.

The seat, regarded as a safe opposition seat, has around 39,000 voters.

 
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