14.4 million Malaysians to cast votes today

14.4 million Malaysians to cast votes today
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib shows his inked finger at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018.
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PETALING JAYA - Some 14.4 million Malay­sians will be casting their votes today from 8am to 5pm at 28,115 polling streams nationwide.

They are part of the country's 14,940,624 registered voters who are eligible to cast their ballots in this general election.

Of that number, 278,590 are advance voters who cast their ballots last Saturday.

Advance voters comprise qualified military, police and General Operations Force personnel as well as their spouses.

Gen Y voters, or those aged below 40, comprise 40.94 per cent of the electorate and are the biggest age group among the voters.

Women also outnumber men, making up 50.58 per cent of the 14.9 million voters.

A total of 2,333 candidates will be contesting 222 parliamentary seats and 505 state seats.

The Election Commission (EC) has said that it expects to announce the results from 8pm.

A simple majority of 112 parliamentary seats will be needed to form the Federal Government.

The EC will upload real-time results and all other announcements on its websites www.spr.gov.my and pru14.spr.gov.my and via its app MySPR Semak.

The Star will provide updates on polling and results on its portal www.thestar.com.my.

Mahathir scores shocking win in Malaysian Election

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    Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has officially been sworn in as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister.

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    Dr Mahathir took his oath of office as Prime Minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at the Istana Negara at 9.57pm Thursday (May 10).

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    The 92-year-old was accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

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    This means that Dr Mahathir will be the world's oldest prime minister and the first Malaysian to be premier twice.

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    At a press conference earlier, Dr Mahathir said he would appoint Dr Wan Azizah as deputy prime minister once he is sworn in.

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    Dr Mahathir received the mandate to form the government through Pakatan, which managed to wrest 113 out of 222 federal seats in GE14.

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    Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel on 10 May 2018.

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    Mahathir Mohamad holds up a document with the signatures of alliance party leaders naming him as the prime minister during a news conference following the general election in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 10, 2018.

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    Najib leaves after a news conference on May 10.

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    Malaysia's outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 May 2018.

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    Mahathir's stunning defeat of the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian country since independence from Britain six decades ago means that, at the age of 92, he will become the oldest elected leader in the world.

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    Official results showed that Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) had won 113 of parliament's 222 seats, clinching the simple majority required to rule.

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    Najib's ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), had 79. Pic: Barisan Nasional party members watch election results updates at the Barisan Nasional coalition headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

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    Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate for Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), celebrate outside the hotel, where Mahathir Mohamad held news conference, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 10, 2018.

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    Mahathir told a news conference he expected to be sworn in as prime minister later on Thursday.

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    Few had expected Mahathir to prevail against a coalition that has long relied on the support of the country's ethnic-Malay majority.

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    Mahathir has promised to seek a royal pardon for Anwar if they won the election and, once Anwar is free, to step aside and let him become prime minister.

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    Ethnic-Malay Muslims have long tended to support BN for affirmative-action policies that give them government contracts, cheap housing and guaranteed university admissions.

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    Mahathir's alliance, which counts on urban votes and support from the minority ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, had hoped the veteran Malay leader would win over voters usually loyal to BN. That strategy appeared to have paid off.

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    Mahathir's opposition wrested control of key states Johor and Kedah, and reduced BN's grip in strongholds like Sarawak.

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    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at SK Titi Gajah in Alor Setar at 10.55am to cast his vote.

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    The Election Commission said voter turnout was at 55 percent out of the total 14,449,200 voters in GE14 as of 1pm on May 9.

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    Dr Mahathir Mohamad is keeping a positive outlook on voter turnout throughout the day.

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    By 5pm May 9, some 70 per cent of voters had cast their ballots for what has been dubbed "the mother of all elections". The latest polls show a neck-and-neck race to the finish for ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition pact Pakatan Harapan (PH).

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    Voters still queuing up within the compounds of polling stations nationwide for GE14 were not allowed to vote after the 5pm cut-off time but any voter affected can file a petition to demand a re-election.

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    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018.

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    Malaysians went to the polls on May 9 in one of the country's closest ever elections which pits scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak against his one-time mentor, a 92-year-old former authoritarian leader.

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    The Barisan Nasional chairman arrived at his polling station Sekolah Sains Sultan Ahmad Shah at 9.20 am together with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Najib was all smiles when he was greeted by other voters who were present at the station.

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    9.29am: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail voted in SK Seri Penanti in Permatang Pauh. After casting her vote, she immediately left and returned to Selangor where she is contesting for Pandan parliamentary seat there.

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    The Barisan chief is in a four-cornered fight for the Pekan seat. (Pic) Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis successfully cast their ballots at the Madrasah Manbail Ulum voting centre at Sungai Nipah Darat.

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    Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datin Seri Lee Sun Loo cast their vote at SK Sulaiman in Bentong.

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    PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is defending his Marang parliamentary seat, arrives at SK Rusila in Marang to cast his ballot.

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    EC staff making final preparations at a polling station at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur.

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    An instruction notice for voters is seen at a voting center on the eve of the 14th general election in Pekan, Pahang on May 8, 2018.

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    Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) offers special prayers a day before the 14th general election at a mosque in Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia, May 8, 2018.

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    Women vote during the general election in Alor Setar, Malaysia, May 9, 2018.

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    People boarding buses back to Malaysia. at Singapore's Golden Mile complex on May 8.

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    Supporters listen to a speech by former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

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    This picture taken on May 8, 2018 shows Malaysians gathering at an election rally in Petaling Jaya to watch a telecast of 92-year-old former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad.

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    Voters queue up in the early morning to cast their ballots at a polling station during the 14th general election in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.

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LATEST UPDATES:

12.30pm: As of 11am, the turnout rate of voters in Perak is at 34.79%, according to a short statement issued by the Perak Election Commission.

12.24pm: According to the Pahang Information Department, as of 11am, 37.27% of the state's voters of 802,482 have come out to cast their ballots.

10.55am: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at SK Titi Gajah in Alor Setar to cast his vote. 

10.07am: Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi completes voting SK Permatang Bertam in Kepala Batas, Penang. 

10.06am: BN candidate Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique casting his vote at Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawangsa in KL.

9.48am: Tanjong Karang BN parliamentary candidate Tan Sri Noh Omar and his wife Aishah Salleh arrive at SK Sungai Burung in Tanjong Karang, to cast their votes.

9.37am: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has cast his vote for the Pekan parliamentary seat. The Barisan Nasional  chairman arrived at his polling station Sekolah Sains Sultan Ahmad Shah at 9.20 am together with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Najib was all smiles when he was greeted by other voters who were present at the station. The Barisan chief is in a four-cornered fight for the Pekan seat.

9.35am: Sarawak chief minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg cast his vote at SK Merpati Jepang for the Petra Jaya parliamentary seat.

9.30am: Incumbent Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar arrives at SMA Hj Mohd Yatim in Ulu Gadong to cast his ballot. However, after queuing up for 20minutes, Khairy decides to leave to visit other polling centres in Rembau. He will return to his polling centre later in the afternoon to vote.

9.29am: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has voted in SK Seri Penanti in Permatang Pauh here. After casting her vote, she immediately left and returned to Selangor where she is contesting for Pandan parliamentary seat there. 

Her daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is two-term Lembah Pantai MP, is contesting the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in GE14. She voted in SK Bukit Bandaraya in Kuala Lumpur and is expected to return to Permatang Pauh later this afternooon.

9:20am: Former Terengganu state secretary and Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kuala Terengganu Parliamentary seat casts his vote at SMK Chendering.

9.20am: Sibu Supp candidate Dato Andrew Wong cast his vote at SJK Chung Hua.

9.13am: Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun joined hundreds of voters up early to cast their votes in SMK Mahmud here.

9am: Flamboyant celebrity Azwan Ali points out wrongly tagged ballot boxes as he was about the cast his vote at Sek Keb Klang Gate in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. He noticed the mistake where yellow ballot papers were in the box tagged "Parliament" and orange ballot papers were in the box tagged "State". "It should be the other way around," he said. "This kind of mistake will get the people riled up."

Azwan who is running for the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat in Selangor barely missed bumping into his brother Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who arrived with his wife Shamshida Taharin to cast their vote at the school.

8.50am: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai casts his vote at SK Sulaiman in Bentong. 

CDatuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datin Seri Lee Sun Loo cast their vote at SK Sulaiman in Bentong.Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

Liow was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Lee Sun Loo, parents Liow Yu Yin and Yap Kim Pee, daughter Liow Jie Hui, siblings, nephews and nieces. They all voted at the same voting centre. They had arrived at the school at 8am. Also present was MCA's candidate for Bilut state seat Poo Mun Hoong.
Liow's challenger, DAP's Wong Tack, cast his vote at SJK (C) Perting.

8.50am: Barisan Nasional's Stampin candidate Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, accompanied by his wife Datin Enn Ong, voted at SMK Bandar Kuching No 1.

"You journalists don't forget to go and vote too, don't just work only, because every vote counts," he told reporters.
Dr Sim, who is Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president, is facing state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who cast his ballot at SMK Kuching High at 8.45am.

8.49am: BN candidate for the Seputeh parliamentary seat Chan Quin Er, 31, arrived at 7.30am at SK Seri Mega in Jalan Hujan, Taman Overseas Union, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Fellow candidate and four-term DAP MP Teresa Kok, 54, cast her vote at SMK Batu Lapan Jalan Puchong, Taman Kinrara, Selangor.

8.40am: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah cast his vote at the SK Tunku Abdul Rahman in Mergong, Alor Setar.

8.40am: Bukit Bintang Wanita MCA chief Ann Tan Ean Ean, who is contesting the Bukit Bintang seat, casts her vote at SJK (C) Nan Kai

8.35am: Barisan Nasional candidate for Setiawangsa parliamentary seat Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique arrive at SK Setiawangsa with his family to cast their votes.

8.30am: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman arrive to cast their ballots at SMK Sri Muar.

8.15am: MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon and his wife Datin Chai Yoke Shyuan arrive at SMK Dato' Mohd Said in Nilai to cast their votes.

8.10am: Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis successfully cast their ballots at the Madrasah Manbail Ulum voting centre at Sungai Nipah Darat.


Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

8.03am: Miri SUPP candidate Datuk Sebastian Ting voted at 8.03am at SK Bintang.

8am: PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is defending his Marang parliamentary seat, arrives at SK Rusila in Marang to cast his ballot.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi AwangPhoto: The Star/Asia News Network

7.50am: Bukit Antarabangsa Independent candidate Azwan Ali arrives at SK Klang Gate in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur to cast his vote.

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