Rompin by-election: BN wins seat, according to unofficial count

PAS candidate Nazri Ahmad and wife both casting their votes during the Rompin by-election.

ROMPIN - Barisan Nasional has won the Rompin by-election, according to an unofficial count.

Based on unofficial results obtained from a PAS tallying centre at 9.50pm, Barisan candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin has an unassailable lead over PAS' Nazri Ahmad.

Hasan garnered 23,471 votes compared to PAS' Nazri Ahmad with 14,760 votes.

Turnout for the by-election was 73 per cent of the 53,294 registered voters in the Rompin constituency, which is approximately 38,900.

The seat fell vacant after incumbent of 23 years Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash along with five others on April 4 near Semenyih in Selangor.

In the 2013 general election (GE13), Dr Jamaluddin retained the seat by beating former Wanita PAS chief Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes. Voter turnout then was 85.9 per cent.

The Rompin by-election is the ninth to be called since GE13 in May 2013.