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PD polls: Harapan targets 60 pct voter turnout

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Negri Sembilan Pakatan Harapan targets 60 percent of the voters will come out to vote in the Port Dickson by-election.

State Harapan chairperson Aminuddin Harun, who is also Negeri Sembilan PKR chief, said Harapan would work hard, including by holding various activities to ensure more voters would come out to vote in the poll.

"The meeting tonight decided to fully support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest in Port Dickson. All components of the state Harapan are committed and each is given the task to ensure Datuk Seri Anwar wins,’’ he told reporters at a special press conference at the official residence of the menteri besar last night.

Aminuddin, who would lead the state election machinery, said that in addition to stepping up the percentage of voters, he would also contact Port Dickson voters who were outside the area to return to vote.

"We will also apply to the Election Commission so that the polling day is conducted on a weekend, whether on a Saturday or Sunday because many voters are on leave then," he said.

Earlier today, Aminudddin also said he was confident that PKR president-elect Anwar would not have any problem in winning the parliamentary seat.

He said this was based on the results of several past general elections which favoured Harapan.

The Port Dickson (formerly Telok Kemang) by-election would be held after the incumbent Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, 68, resigned as the area's elected representative to make way for Anwar, who recently won the PKR chief’s post uncontested, in preparation for him to become the eighth prime minister.

In the 14th general election on May 9, Danyal, a former Malaysian Armed Forces officer, beat BN's VS Mogan and PAS candidate Mahfuz Roslan with a majority of 17,710 votes.

-- Bernama

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