PORT DICKSON, Oct 13 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim emerged victorious when he defeated six other candidates vying for the Port Dickson by-election with a 23,560 vote-majority.
He managed to breach the vote-majority set by his predecessor Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah who raked in 17,710 in the 14th General Election.
The Pakatan Harapan candidate polled 31,016 votes against his top contender Pas candidate Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar who garnered 7,456 votes.
Independent candidate Tan Sri Isa Samad managed to 4,230 votes while Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan received only 82 votes. Other independents; Stevie Chan polled 337 votes followed by Lau Sek Yan (214) and Kan Chee Yuen (154).
A total of 58.25 per cent from 68,317 voters turned up at polling stations today.
The Port Dickson by-election was called after incumbent Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated the seat on Sept 2 to make way for Anwar’s return to parliament.
Voting took place at 32 polling stations with 154 channels and without untoward incidents.
Registered voters in the Port Dickson constituency are made of 43 per cent Malays, 33 per cent Chinese, 22 per cent Indians and others at two per cent. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd