News | Get out there and vote, Melakans urged
AYER KEROH: The Melaka state elections is in full swing late this morning with more people streaming into polling stations across the state, including the candidates themselves.
Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) chief minister candidate Adly Zahari was one of them. He urged voters to come out early to vote instead of leaving it to the last minute.
After casting his ballot in Durian Tunggal, the Bukit Katil candidate said voters seemed to be adhering to the SOPs very well, but hoped that the cloudy weather would clear up.
Another chief minister candidate, Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Sulaiman Md Ali said this was the best time to vote, noting that the next election might only take place in 2026.
“Melakans need to come out and vote. There will be no state elections until 2026. People are assuming they can vote next year (in the general election) but I would like to remind them that this is to elect the state government,” he said.
BN’s Telok Mas candidate Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman also urged those who had yet to cast their vote to come out early.
“I appeal to all voters, come out and vote. This is our right as Malaysians.
“Don’t worry, don’t be afraid, what is important is to observe the SOPs,” he said, adding that the Election Commission (EC) and the police are doing a good job in ensuring Covid-19 rules are being adhered to.
Meanwhile, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate in Bukit Katil, Muhammad Al Hafiz Yahya said he felt calm and happy after casting his vote at Sekolah Menengah Bukit Baru.
“I am grateful to the EC for ensuring that all voters were complying with SOPs,” he said.
He hoped that voters in Melaka would pick the best candidates that they believed would help govern the state.
PH’s Muhammad Danish Zainudin, who is standing in Pengkalan Batu, was also hoping for a high turnout among voters.
“We’ve done our best to reach out to the people, especially voters in Pengkalan Batu. Now it is time for Melakans to vote and make sure we can administer Melaka based on principles and integrity,” the 25-year-old said.
Polling stations will close at 5.30pm today. – FMT
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