SANDAKAN POLLS | Election Commission chairperson Azhar Azizan Harun has described the Sandakan by-election as the best held under his watch.
Azhar said this was evident from the smooth conduct of the by-election, maintenance of public order and high level of discipline shown by supporters of political parties, the candidates and voters.
"They were very disciplined and respected the law and election regulations, I feel this is a model of a good election,” he told reporters after the announcement of the Sandakan by-election results here tonight.
Asked on the lower voter turnout, Azhar said this is normal in a by-election.
"The voter turnout today is 54.4 percent or 21,595 voters; normally there will be fewer voters compared to general elections,” he said, adding that many voters working outside Sandakan might not have returned to cast their ballots.
The Sandakan by-election was the eighth by-election held after the 14th general election.
Vivian Wong retained Sandakan DAP with a bigger majority of 11,521 votes.
She polled 16,012 votes, while her nearest rival Linda Tsen of PBS obtained only 4,491 votes in a five-cornered fight.
Wong's father, two-term Sandakan MP Stephen Wong, had won the seat with a 10,098-vote majority in GE14.
The by-election was held following his death on March 28.