Batu Sapi election result video.
The polling for the Galas state by-election in Gua Musang, Kelantan and Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election in Sandakan, Sabah, was closed at 5pm today. In Batu Sapi, BN's Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin was locked in a three-way fight against Datuk Yong Teck Lee of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Ansari Abdullah of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Six polling centres -- four in Galas and two in Batu Sapi -- were closed much earlier to facilitate the transport of ballot boxes to the respective vote tallying centres. In Batu Sapi, two of 12 polling centres namely Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pulau Timbang, which has 984 voters, and SK Segaliud, with 785 voters, were closed at 3pm and 4pm respectively.
The BN candidate from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin, who succeeds her late husband Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah as the Batu Sapi MP, beat her challengers Ansari Abdullah of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and former Sabah chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee of the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP). Tsen, a part-time music teacher, garnered a majority of 6,359 votes, polling 9,773 votes to Ansari's 3,414 and Yong's 2,031.
The Batu Sapi by-election is being held following the death of incumbent MP Datuk Edmund Chong Ket Wah in a road accident on Oct 9. Chong won the seat in the 2008 general election by a 3,708-majority, defeating independent candidate Dr Chung Kong Wing. Chong won the same seat in 2004 general election unopposed. Batu Sapi has 25,582 voters, of whom 24,047 are ordinary voters and 1,535 postal voters. A total of 15,099 or 59.02% of the voters are Muslim Bumiputras, 689 non-Muslim Bumiputras (2.69%), 9,737 Chinese (38.06%) and others, 57 (0.22%).
6.30pm: BN sources say exit polls show Linda Tsen as winning the parliamentary seat by more than 2,000 votes. BN won Batu Sapi Parliamentary Seat
5.30pm: Voter turnout at 5pm 15,774 or 61.47%.
4.45pm: Some 100 Barisan supporters gather across the street outside Sandakan community hall (vote counting centre), cheering, clapping and shouting slogans
4.30pm: At 4pm, the voter turnout was 14,725 voters or 57.56% of the electorate.
4pm: Sekong polling district closes. The Tronglit district closed an hour earlier. Polling continues at 10 other districts until 5pm.
3.30pm: At 3pm, the voter turnout was 13,318 voters or 52.06% of the electorate.
2.30pm: Voters turnout at 2pm is 11,876 voters or 46.42%.
1.30pm: 1pm voter turnout is 41.06% or 10,505 voters, according to the EC.
12.30pm: According to the EC, at noon, 9,261 voters or 36.20% of the electorate, had shown up to choose the new MP of Batu Sapi.
11.30am: Voter turnout at 11am is 7,313 or 28.59% of the electorate.
11am: Light rain and hazy conditions over parts of Batu Sapi.
10.45am: BN candidate Linda Tsen Thau Lin arrives for a visit at Pei Ying Primary school polling centre.
10.15am: As at 10am, 23.05% of the total electorate or 5,897 voters had shown up to cast their ballots.
10am: Dark clouds hang over Batu Sapi.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin visits the SJKC Pei Ying polling centre, where SAPP's Yong Teck Lee also arrived earlier.
9.45am: The Election Commission (EC) at the Sandakan Community Hall announces that 14.68% or 3,756 voters have turned up at the polling centres, as at 9am.
9am: Slow start at Sandakan library at the Jalan Leila polling centre, with only BN flag flying. Vehicles are bringing in voters. The crowd lining outside Pulau Timbang is much bigger.
8.30am: Polling centres open their doors for voters to enter. At Pulau Timbang, Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin among those at Barisan ops centre as voters arrive by boat and line up.
7.45am: Ferried in small boats from various islands to Pulau Timbang from the first light of dawn were Bajaus and Suluks living in water villagers. They cast their votes at SK Pulau Timbang in Kg Tronglit where 984 voters are registered. The centre will be first to conclude voting at 3pm.
At Kg Seguliud, the furthermost polling center about 70kms from here, farmers of the Sungai community also turned up early at the SK Segaliud which has a total of 785 voters. It will close at 4pm and the remaining 10 centres will conclude voting at 5pm.
Source: The Star Online
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