Jepak by-election: Polling centres all close, vote-tallying begins


The last voter at the SK Kampung Jepak polling centre, Halim Hipeni (left), cheers after casting his vote before the centre closes. – Bernama photo

BINTULU (Nov 4): The polling process for the Jepak state by-election, which began at 7.30 this morning, concluded when 11 out of 14 polling centres closed at 5.30pm.

Earlier, three polling centres for the by-election closed at 4pm.

All ballot boxes from 14 polling centres, involving 45 streams, will be taken to the vote-tallying centre at the Dewan Suarah Bintulu, before the official results are announced, expected at 9pm tonight.

The Election Commission (EC) reported that the voter turnout had reached 46 per cent at 4pm.

The Jepak state by-election is a three-cornered clash, with GPS candidate, Iskandar Turkee, facing Stevenson Joseph Sumbang, from Parti Bumi Kenyalang and Chieng Lea Phing, of Parti Aspirasi Rakyat Sarawak (Aspirasi).

The constituency has 22,804 voters, comprising 22,761 ordinary voters and 43 police personnel. – Bernama