Jan 28, 2007

BN Wins In Batu Talam

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(MalaysiaKini) Barisan Nasional today retained the Batu Talam state seat in a very comfortable victory over a novice independent.

BN’s Abdul Aziz Kiram steamrolled pass the 22-year-old Ng Chee Pang by amassing a whopping 5,857-vote majority. This is 3,186 votes more than the majority achieved in 2004 general election.

Abdul Aziz, 46, gained 6,276 votes while Ng garnered 419 votes. Ng also lost his RM5,000 deposit. There were 385 spoilt votes.

Returning Officer Abdul Kadir Awang Bakar made the announcement at about 8pm at the Raub Silver Jubilee Hall. Also present was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Both the candidates were not at the venue when the result was announced with Abdul Aziz arriving some minutes later, to be mobbed by his supporters.

The bigger majority is more significant for BN as the turnout for the by-election was slightly lower than what was achieved in the last general election.

Today some 7,131 or 67.32 percent of the 10,525 registered voters for the Batu Talam state seat went to the polls until the centres closed at 5pm.

In 2004, about 76.59 percent of the 10,866 registered voters voted to give a victory to BN in this traditional seat.

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