65% voter turnout as of 3pm, says EC

Polling is scheduled to end at 6pm in the peninsula and 5.30pm in Sabah and Sarawak.

PETALING JAYA: About 65% of eligible voters have gone out to cast their ballots as of 3pm, the Election Commission (EC) reported.

This means that more than 13.7 million votes have been cast so far, with polling scheduled to end at 6pm in the peninsula and 5.30pm in Sabah and Sarawak.

A total of 21,173,638 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the general election.

Of the 224,832 eligible early voters, comprising policemen, soldiers and their spouses, 212,961 (or 94.72%) had cast their ballots on Nov 15.

Polling centres in the peninsula opened at 8am while centres in Sabah and Sarawak opened at 7.30am.

A total of 939 candidates, including 20 parties and 107 independents, are contesting for 221 parliamentary seats.

A total of 116 state seats are also up for grabs, including the Bugaya state seat, which was left vacant after the death of its incumbent, Manis Muka Darah, in 2020.

A total of 429 candidates are vying for these seats in Perak (59), Pahang (41) and Perlis (15).

Polling for the Padang Serai parliamentary seat in Kedah and the Tioman state seat in Pahang has been set for Dec 7, with nominations slated for Nov 24, following the death of two candidates.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate for Padang Serai, M Karupaiya, died on Nov 16, while the Perikatan Nasional candidate for Tioman, Yunus Ramli, died early this morning.

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