Anwar Wins. The permatang Pauh voters have spoken on behalf of the people of Malaysia. This is another clear message to BN. They cannot carry on their old ways. They have to change or face changes sweeping them away.
Anwar has obtained a bigger majority at 15671 with a turnout rate of 81%. BN has failed to lower the majority despite choosing the voting date on a weekday. Umno must take note and so must all the component parties including MCA, MIC and Gerakan. They are fast becoming irrelevant, if they still choose to go against the wish of the majority in Peninsular Malaysia.
9.50pm: Official EC tally – Anwar got 31,195 votes, Arif Shah, 15,524, Hanafi, 92. Anwar won with a majority of 15,671.
9.12pm: Official EC result: With 11 more boxes to go, Anwar has won the by-election with a 14,551 majority. He garnered 27,977 votes while BN’s Arif Shah obtained 13,426 while Akim’s Hanafi Hamat got 85.
8pm: Unofficial: Anwar is the winner, obtaining a majority of 16,210. He garnered in 26,646 while Arif Omar 10,436 votes.
?? Unofficial PKR alert – Anwar wins with a majority of 17,652, obtaining 31,949 votes. BN’s Arif Shah garnered 14,297 while Akim’s Hanafi Hamat got 74. Hanafi to lose his RM15,000 deposit.
(Editor: This Malaysiakini figure cannot be right. Because the total votes exceed 65% turnout. Someone please clarify).
7.59pm: Unofficial latest count, Anwar has obtained 16,101 votes as opposed to Arif Shah’s 6,071.
7.43pm The EC starts to announce official results as per the ballot boxes it has counted. As it stands, Anwar is leading by 3,507 votes (or 48.11 percent).
The breakdown is as follows: Akim’s Hanafi Hamat (nine votes), Anwar (5,398 votes) and Arif Shah (1,891).
So far 20 ballot boxes of a total of 111 have been opened and counted. Anwar had won in ALL these 20 boxes. In one particular box, he had obtained 441 votes compared to Arif’s 14.
7.25pm: There are signs of significant swing to PKR despite the lower turnout. In the state constituency of Penanti, which PKR won at the March 8 general elections, the party has bagged the sole polling station, Telok Wang, it failed to win five months ago.
March 8 result: BN – 261 votes, PKR – 227
Aug 26 result: BN – 232 votes, PKR – 260
Anwar is also making gains in the state constitutency of Seberang Jaya, where PKR had lost to BN candidate Arif on March 8.
7.25pm: Anwar’s press conference at 9pm is believed to declare his victory. The press conference was rescheduled to 9pm from its original time of 7.45pm.
7.20pm: Unofficial results so far: Anwar 5,855; Arif Shah 1,910