Mar 8, 2008

ELECTION 2008 : Result time

* Results will be updated periodically here.*

PM: ‘We’ve lost, we’ve lost’ - 4.12am
These were the only words which Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi could muster when quizzed on the ruling coalition’s shocking defeat in five states.

Abdullah was posed with the question during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. He was accompanied by his wife Jeanne, deputy Najib Abdul Razak and other BN leaders.

The prime minister added that he will make a media statement after analysing the results in detail.

Anwar ushers in ‘a new dawn for Malaysia’ - 4.08am
A triumphant PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim described the victory of the opposition parties in five states and its breach of Barisan Nasional’s two-third majority in Parliament as “a defining moment” in the history of the nation and the opening of “a new chapter.”

“The people have voted decisively for a new era where the government must be truly inclusive and recognises that all Malaysians, regardless of race, culture or race are a nation of one,” he told a packed press conference at his residence in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

“The people have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want accountability, transparency, and the rule of law.”

Khalid to meet Selangor sultan soon - 4.05am
PKR secretary-general Khalid Ibrahim said they will meet with the Selangor sultan "soon" regarding the formation of the new state government.

However, he told Malaysiakini that he did not wish to jump the gun when asked whether he would be the new mentri besar. The deputy mentri besar is likely to be DAP’s Teng Chang Khim, who is former state opposition leader.

DAP-PKR-PAS to form gov’t in Perak - 4.01am
The combined opposition of DAP, PKR and PAS said that they will form the new government in Perak. Collectively the three parties have won 30 seats (DAP - 18, PKR - 6, PAS - 6) out of 59 seats. One seat (Teja) is yet to be decided.

However, the opposition still will have a narrow one-seat majority even if Teja goes to BN. About 50 opposition supporters are attempting to seal off the state government building in Ipoh to stop documents from being removed.

Samy says ‘goodbye’ - 3.37am
After defending the seat for nine terms since 1974, MIC’s 71-year-old president S Samy Vellu made a quick exit upon learning his defeat. According to nstonline, on his way out, Samy Vellu could only muster a "goodbye" to reporters and supporters present at the convention hall.

The MIC stalwart lost to Dr D Jeyakumar who has been contesting against him since 1999. In the previous polls four years ago, Samy Vellu defeated the latter with a majority of 10,349 votes. This time around, Jeyakumar, who stood on PKR ticket, garnered 16,874 votes to Samy Vellu's 14,408. Many of his supporters were seen crying when he left the hall.

Unofficial: BN denied two-thirds majority - 2.42am
According to unofficial tally, the opposition has apparently denied the ruling Barisan Nasional its crucial two-thirds majority by winning up to 79 seats so far. To deny the government two-thirds majority, the opposition must win 75 seats. On the other hand, BN has won about 130 seats. There are still a dozen more seats to be decided.

PKR victorious in Kuantan - 2.22am
Former PKR Wanita chief Fuziah Salleh has won in Kuantan beating MCA incumbent Fu Ah Kiow.

Umno leaders in emergency meeting - 2.25am
The mood is grim at the Umno headquarters as the shock results of the today’s polls become apparent. The Putra World Trade Centre which houses the Umno headquarters is unusually quiet with party leaders trickling in slowly. No statements have been made to reporters gathered at the venue as they remain locked in deep discussions upstairs.

The evening saw the arrival of

8:10pm BN secretary-general Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Azalina Othman

8:53pm Umno Youth leader Hishammudidn Hussein

9:42pm Umno Information Chief Muhd Muhammad Taib

10:15pm Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife

11:40pm Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and wife

12:06am Minister of Women and Family Shahrizat Abdul Jalil

The leaders are still locked up in a meeting.

MIC deputy president loses too - 2.22am
G Palanivel loses to PKR’s Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad by a slim margin of 198 votes at the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat.

EC declares simple majority win for BN - 2.20am
Election Commission chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman says BN has won a simple majority to win the 12th general elections and will form the next federal government.

Sothinathan loses Teluk Kemang - 2.15am
MIC deputy president S Sothinathan was defeated in the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat by PKR’s Kamarul Baharain Abbas in a three-cornered fight which also involved an independent candidate.

MIC appears to be the biggest loser with almost all its top leaders axed, including president S Samy Vellu and deputy president G Palanivel. Also shown the exit was its MIC Youth chief SA Vigneswaran and Women’s wing chief P Komala Devi.

Opposition claims victory in Perak - 1.50am
The state is still too close to call. However, the opposition claimed that it has won a simple majority in the state. According to PKR state chief Dr Lee Boon Chye, the opposition was victorious 30 out of 59 seats (DAP - 18, PKR - 6, PAS - 6).

But the state Election Commission appears to have suffered a computer glitch, which has delayed the announcement of the results.

Tajol Rosli survives in Perak - 1.30am
The caretaker Perak menteri besar defeats PKR’s Lee Sing Long by a majority 4,645 to take the Pengkalan Hulu seat.

Meanwhile, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang retains his parliamentary seat of Ipoh Timur by a massive 21,942 majority.

MIC Youth leader Vigneswaran suffers heavy defeat - 1.30am
The Kota Raja incumbent Vigneswaran polled in 17,879 votes to PAS’ Siti Mariah’s 38,630, losing by a whopping 20,751-vote majority.

Mahathir’s son wins in Jerlun - 1.26am
Mukhriz Mahathir obtained a 2,205-vote majority to win the Jerlun parliamentary seat. He obtained 19,424 votes.

Khairy: We suffered a lot tonight - 1.25am
Khairy Jamaluddin, who won the Rembau parliamentary with 5,740-vote majority, admitted that the BN suffered a lot in this general election. “This is not the end of this world. We will fight back,” he said.

Opposition may take Perak as well - 1.20am
Unofficial: The opposition is reported to be on the way of winning close to half of the 59 seats in the state. It has so far won 22 seats and it could pick up a few more. However, it is still too close to call.

Confirmed: Guan Eng is the new Penang CM - 1.01am
DAP confirmed today that its secretary general Lim Guan Eng will be the next Penang Chief Minister. He said that DAP would form the state government with PKR. “It will be a government for all Malaysians. We stress that we will not rule alone but together with PKR. We also hope that the PAS can help this new government”.

MCA president shocked by BN losses - 12.58am
MCA president Ong Ka Ting today expressed shock over the election results which saw the ruling Barisan Nasional losing scores of seats to the opposition.

“The results are shocking because there are several states which BN has lost. However, MCA accepts the decision of the voters because it is their right,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

Ong also added that MCA will conduct a detailed study on the defeat.

Lion of Jelutong roars in Bukit Gelugor - 12.50am

DAP’s Karpal Singh eats up Koay Kar Huah (BN) with a whopping 21,015 majority.

  • Official: Opposition wins big in Kelantan - 12.47am

    PAS and PKR won 40 of the 45 state seats in Kelantan, with BN taking the rest. In 2004, the margin was much closer with the opposition having just a one-seat margin against the BN.
  • Polling agent: Only technical issue to be solved in Lembah Pantai - 12.43am

    A technical issue has been blamed for the delay in the delivery of official results from 14 ballot boxes. However, the result will remain the same - a win for Nurul Izzah - with no question of a further count.
  • Official: Wan Azizah retains Permatang Pauh - 12.31am

    The incumbent wins the seat with a larger majority of 13, 388 votes. She polled in 30, 338 as opposed to BN’s Firdaus Ismail’s 16, 950. In the three state seats under this constituency, BN took Seberang Jaya while Pas won Permatang Pasir and PKR won Penanti.
  • Official: BN retains Terengganu, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan - 12.28am

    The respective state menteris besar officially announced that the BN had retained the state governments in these states.
  • Unofficial: Opposition wins Selangor - 12.25am

    Selangor has fallen into the hands of the opposition. PKR has earlier announced that its secretary-general Khalid Ibrahim will be named chief minister. In Selangor, DAP has taken 35 seats (DAP - 15, PKR - 11 and PAS - 9) out of the 56 seats in the state.

    Meanwhile, the opposition is also doing very well in Perak but it is still not clear how many of the 59 state seats it has won. The opposition has so far won Penang, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan.
  • Uncounted ballot boxes in Lembah Pantai - 12.12am

    There are another 14 ballot boxes that have not been counted in this parliamentary seat, throwing a spanner in the victory achieved by PKR’s Nurul Izzah against incumbent Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
  • Guan Eng to be Penang CM - 11.59pm

    It is believed that DAP has named party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the next chief minister of Penang. DAP won all 19 state seats it contested in Penang with PKR winning six and Pas two. There are 40 state seats in Penang.
  • Official: PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim takes Bandar Tun Razak - 12.04pm

    PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim wins the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat beating BN’s Tan Chai Ho by a majority of 2,515 votes. He has also won the state seat of Ijok, which he had lost in a bitterly fought by-election last year.
  • Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin wins - 11.58pm

    The Umno Youth chief beats PKR’s Lee Sang by a majority of 11,570.
  • Confirmed: Both MCA chief and brother win - 11.58pm

    MCA president Ong Ka Ting wins the Kulai parliamentary seat while his brother Ka Chuan also wins at Tanjung Malim.
  • Abdullah says defeat part of democracy - 11.50pm

    Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that he accepted defeat in three states - Penang, Kedah and Kelantan - a sizable number of parliament seats. He said that was how democracy works and urged everyone to remain calm and not to celebrate in the streets.
  • Opposition wins 27 state seats in Penang - 11.40pm

    The opposition has won 27 out of 40 state seats in Penang - DAP (19 seats), PKR (6) and PAS (2). Of the parliament seats, DAP has seven seats while PKR has three so far.
  • Latest official tally - 11.33pm

    As at 11.20pm, BN has won 52 parliamentary seats, followed by DAP with six, PAS (2) and PKR (2)
  • Joseph Pairin trailing brother, DAP may take KK - 11.08pm

    BN’s Parti Rakyat Sabah (PBS) president and Sabah caretaker deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan is trailing behind his brother, state deputy PKR chief Dr Jeffrey Kitingan at the Keningau parliamentary seat.

    Unconfirmed reports also say DAP has won the the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat through its Kota Kinabalu chief Dr Hiew King Chiew.
  • Anwar: BN to lose two-thirds majority - 11.02pm

    PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim said tonight that early results from the general election indicated the BN would lose its critical two-thirds majority in parliament.

    "We have crossed the one-third majority. This is based on information from the candidates from the initial counting," he told AFP. "This is a major victory... and we are moving up very fast towards (winning) 40 percent (of parliament seats)," he said.
  • Confirmed: Opposition takes Kedah - 10.50pm

    Both the PAS and PKR have won 22 out of 36 state seats in Kedah. This means that the combined opposition will form the next state government there. Apart from Kedah, the opposition has won two other states - Kelantan and Penang.
  • Unofficial: Pak Lah wins with reduced majority - 10.45pm

    The Barisan Nasional chairperson retains his Kepala Batas by a reduced majority of about 11,000. His majority in 2004 was 18,000.
  • Unofficial: T Mohan defeated in Batu Caves - 10.44pm

    MIC’s new face T Mohan has been defeated by Amirudin Shari from the PKR.
  • Unofficial: MIC’s Wanita chief Komala loses in Kapar - 10.44pm

    The incumbent parliamentarian is defeated by PKR’s S Manikavasagam by a 3,000-vote majority.
  • Unofficial: MIC deputy president G Palanivel wins slim - 10.44pm

    The Hulu Selangor incumbent has won by a mere 100-vote majority.
  • Wee Choo Keong takes Wangsa Maju - 10.42pm

    Unofficial: Former DAP leader Wee Choo Keong, has won the Wangsa Maju parliament seat in Kuala Lumpur for PKR. He is reported to have won by 500 votes. This will mark the return of the fiery lawyer to Parliament.
  • BN wins big in Sarawak, only Kuching falls - 10.40pm

    BN in Sarawak, with only parliamentary seats being contested, is winning big. Results over RTM as at 10.29pm confirmed that DAP only managed to defend its sole Bandar Kuching seat. BN won Serian, Selangau, Julau, Petra Jaya, Betong, Bandar Sibu, Stampin, Miri and Kota Samarahan comfortably. However, BN only managed to scrap through Sarikei by a 51-vote majority.
  • Unofficial: Najib wins in Pekan - 10.26pm

    Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak retained Pekan with a majority of about 26,000. He defeated PKR rookie Khairul Anwar Ahmad Zainuddin.
  • Tsu Koon promises smooth transition - 10.25pm

    Former Penang chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon has promised a smooth transition of power to the combined opposition of DAP-PKR-PAS, which has taken over the state.

    State DAP chief Chow Kom Yeow said this was relayed to him by Koh who is also Gerakan acting president. Speaking at a press conference at Hotel Macalister in Georgetown, Chow said Koh told him that the wishes of the people must be respected. DAP has again appealed to its supporters to remain calm.
  • Unofficial: Zam loses in Sungai Petani - 10.22pm

    The information minister has apparently lost Kedah’s Sungai Petani parliamentary seat to PKR’s Johari Abdul by 10,000 votes.
  • Human rights lawyer Sivarasa wins Subang - 10.16pm

    PKR's R Sivarasa wins the Subang parliamentary seat by a majority of 8,000 votes. The opposition has also picked up the three state seats under Subang - Elizabeth Wong (PKR) in Bukit Lancang, Dr Nasir Mohd Hashim (PKR) in Kota Damansara and Khairudin Othman (PAS) in Paya Jaras.
  • Confirmed: ISA detainee wins with big majority - 10.15pm

    Hindraf leader and ISA-detainee M Manoharan, on a DAP ticket, obtained 12,699 votes to win with a 7,184-vote majority the Kota Alam Shah state seat (Selangor).
  • Confirmed: Tan Seng Giaw retains Kepong with higher majority - 10.10pm

    The six-term DAP incumbent obtained 35, 552 votes to win with a 23,848-vote.
  • Unofficial: Wan Azizah retains Permatang Pauh - 10.05pm

    The PKR president and incumbent has won the seat by a 4,000-vote majority.
  • KL's Titiwangsa falls to PAS - 10.05pm

    Unofficial: PAS' Dr Lo' Lo' Ghazali has won the Titiwangsa parliament seat with a majority of 1,972.
  • DAP takes Klang - 10.01pm

    Unofficial: DAP candidate Charles Santiago has won the Klang parliament seat with 16,975 votes against MCA's Ch'ng Toh Eng.
  • Unofficial: Nurul Izzah beats Shahrizat - 9.53pm

    According to ground reports, PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar, Anwar Ibrahim's daughter, has knocked out Umno minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil at Kuala Lumpur's Lembah Pantai. Today is also International Women's Day.
  • IGP: Don’t spread rumours of riots - 9.53pm

    Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan tonight warned that ISA will be invoked against those found spreading rumours of riots and urged those receiving such SMSes to report them to the police. Meanwhile, the opposition has urged its supporters to remain calm.
  • Unconfirmed: Samy is out - 9.43pm

    Unofficial: MIC president S Samy Vellu has suffered a shock defeat at the hands of PSM’s Dr D Jeyakumar for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat which he has held for nine terms. Jeyakumar polled 16,874 votes to Samy's 14,408. Today is Samy Vellu's 72nd birthday.
  • Recount in Rembau - 9.41pm

    A recount is underway in the Rembau parliamentary seat which saw Khairy Jamaluddin taking on PKR’s Badrul Hisham Shaharin.
  • Kayveas loses at Taiping - 9.40pm

    Another BN big gun, PPP's M Kayveas, who is a deputy minister, has lost his Taiping parliament seat. Winner DAP's Nga Hon Ming has told his supporters to have 'zero celebration'.
  • PAS bags 15 seats in Kedah - 9.29pm

    According to PAS organ Harakah, the opposition party has won 15 of the 36 state seats in Kedah, including seats that were considered Umno strongholds. It needs four more seats to win government.
  • Unofficial: Nurul creates upset in Lembah Pantai - 9.29pm

    According to polling agents, Nurul Izzah looks sets to unseat Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in the Lembah Pantai seat.
  • PKR candidates leading in KL - 9.25pm

    Unofficial result: PKR’s Zuraida Kamaruddin defeated BN’s Azman Wahid in the Ampang parliamentary constituency.

    Meanwhile, Khalid Ibrahim has taken both the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat where he contested against MCA’s Tan Chai Ho and the Ijok state seat against Umno’s Mohd Sayuti Said.

    PKR vice-president Azmin Ali is leading Umno’s Said Anuar Syed Ahmad in the Gombak parliamentary seat, while Nurul Izzah Anwar is leading in Lembah Pantai against Umno's Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
  • Unofficial: PAS concedes defeat in Terengganu - 9.20pm

    According to the state’s director of election Mustafa Ali, the party has conceded defeat in Terengganu, paving the way for BN to retain the state.
  • Opposition supporters told to stay calm - 9.20pm

    DAP MP for Bukit Mertajam Chong Eng has advised all opposition supporters to remain calm and not provoke others. She also said they should refrain from having victory parades.

    “The Barisan Rakyat must learn how to handle victory or loss with maturity,” said her statement which comes as early polls result indicate a major swing towards the opposition.
  • Close fight in Terengganu - 9.10pm

    Latest report from Terengganu is that Umno and PAS are neck in neck as counting continues in many of the state seats. PAS is said to be leading with eight state seats against Umno's five. At least 17 seats are needed to win the government as there are a total of 32 seats.
  • Teresa Kok wins with whopping 36,600 majority - 9.02pm

    Teresa Kok has won her Seputeh parliamentary seat with an unprecedented 36,564 majority. She also won the Kinrara state seat with a massive 4,901 majority.
  • Confirmed: Opposition takes Penang - 8.52pm

    Unofficial result: The opposition will form the next state government in Penang for second time in history. Gerakan, then an opposition party, won Penang almost 40 years ago. The DAP-PKR-PAS combination has collectively won at least 24 seats out of the 40 seats.
  • Unofficial: DAP retains Ipoh Barat and three state seats - 8.46pm

    Incumbent M Kulasegaran obtained a majority of 1,056 while the three state seats in the parliamentary constituency - Buntong (majority 4,437), Bercham (3,395) and Kepayan (1,382) were also won by DAP.
  • Tengku Adnan wins Putrajaya - 8.45pm

    Controversial minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor retained his Putrajaya parliamentary seat, where most of the voters are civil servants. He bagged 4,038 votes against PAS Mohd Noor Mohamad's 1,304.
  • Kit Siang: Political tsunami - 8.39pm

    This is from Lim Kit Siang’s blog: here is a political tsunami in the 12th general election, with the Barisan Nasional suffering probably its biggest setback in history. From available reports, DAP has won victories, in some cases with huge majorities, in the following parliamentary seats:

    1. Bagan
    2. Tanjong
    3. Bukit Glugor
    4. Ipoh Timur
    5. Batu Gajah
    6. Petaling Jaya Utara
    7. Seputeh
    8. Kepong
    9. Bukit Bintang
    10. Cheras
    11. Bandar Kuching
    12. Sandakan
    13. Segambut
    14. Kota Melaka

    DAP is leading in the following parliamentary seats:

    1. Sarikei
    2. Serdang
    3. Klang
    4. Taiping
    5. Beruas
    6. Teluk Intan
    7. Jelutong
    8. Bukit Bendera
    9. Batu Kawan

    For state assembly seats, DAP has won

    1. Subang Jaya
    2. Teratai

    In Penang, the three state seats of Tanjong and Bagan have also been won by DAP. Other Penang state seats won by DAP are Air Puteh, Prai, Batu Lanchang, Pulau Tikus and leading in all the other state seats contested by DAP. DAP has also won new state seats in Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johore.

    One of the most noted state assembly win is the Sri Tanjong seat of Tawau, Sabah.
  • Samy trails by 1,300 votes - 8.32pm

    PKR’s Dr D Jeyakumar is presently leading by 1,300 votes in Sungai Siput. However there are sill more than 20,000 votes to be counted. Samy Vellu has been the Sungai Siput MP since 1974. Samy Vellu claims today is his 72nd birthday.
  • MIC Youth chief behind PAS in Kota Raja - 8.35pm

    MIC Youth chief SA Vigneswaran is trailing behind PAS candidate Dr Siti Maria Mahmud in the state seat of Kota Raja, which is under the Klang parliamentary seat. Vigneswaran is parliamentary secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry.
  • Ramasamy knocks out Koh in Batu Kawan - 8.27pm

    Unofficial - Prof P Ramasamy has defeated outgoing Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon by a majority of 3,000 votes. Koh is the most senior BN leader to have lost so far.
  • Sothinathan looks shaky in Teluk Kemang - 8.17pm

    As it stands, reports from the ground indicates incumbent K Sothinathan is facing a tough fight against PKR’s Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

    Meanwhile Port Dickson’s MIC candidate T Rajagopalu is also facing a tough fight against PKR’s M Ravi and independent Jeeva Kumar Marimuthu.
  • DAP reclaims Kota Melaka - 8.15pm

    DAP has won Kota Melaka, a seat which the party lost in 2004.
  • Opposition closer to taking Penang - 8.20pm

    Having unofficially won 17 of the 40 state seats in Penang, the opposition is currently leading in six other seats with a wide margin. They need to pick up just another four seats to take over government in the island state.
  • Blogger Jeff Ooi has big lead in Jelutong - 8.15pm

    DAP’s Jeff Ooi is leading in the Jelutong parliamentary seat and the party is also leading in all three state seats in Jelutong - Datuk Keramat, Sungai Pinang and Batu Lanchang.
  • Teresa Kok retains Seputeh, wins Kinrara - 8.03pm

    Incumbent MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok has retained her seat with a huge majority of 20,000 votes. She has also won Kinrara, a state seat under Puchong in Selangor.
  • Unofficial: Opposition on the way to take over Penang - 8.01pm

    The combined DAP-PKR_PAS opposition is running hot in the state by winning 17 state seats and needing only another four to form the state government.
  • Voter turnout tops 70 percent - 7.58pm

    At 7.30pm, voter turnout nationwide was reported at 70 percent, but the figure is expected to go up as more information comes in.

    Election Commission head Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.told a press conference in Putrajaya that turnout was highest in Kelantan and Putrajaya (81% each), followed by Terengganu and Perlis (79 percent), Selangor (74 percent) and Pahang (73 percent).

    The lowest turnout was for the Federal Territory of Labuan at 59 percent. Generally, about 70-75 percent of voters come out to vote for each general election.
  • Unofficial: DAP’s Tan Seng Giaw retains Kepong- 7.54pm

    The incumbent is leading in all 13 polling stations.
  • Kit Siang on the way to win Ipoh Timur - 7.51pm

    DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has retained his Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat and his party is also leading in all three state seats - Canning, Tebing Tinggi and Pasir Pinji
    Pasir Puteh Utara
  • PAS retains Kelantan: PAS president press sec - 7.50pm

    According to Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir, who is the press secretary of PAS president Hadi Awang, PAS has unofficially won 31 of the 45 state seats.

    He said that PAS' Nasharuddin Mat Isa has beaten Umno's Awang Adek Husin in Bachok. Awang Adek, who is deputy finance minister, also lost in the state seat of Perupok, which is under Bachok.
  • Tian Chua leading in Batu - 7.43pm

    PKR’s information chief Tian Chua in on the way to cause an upset in Batu by leading Gerakan’s Lim Si Pin by 7,089 votes
  • Unofficial - Tony Pua wins PJ Utara - 7.45pm

    Tony Pua has helped DAP has reclaimed Petaling Jaya Utara.

    Meanwhile, Janice Lee has won the state seat of Teratai, which is under the Pandan parliament seat.
  • Tony Pua increases lead - 7.40pm

    In Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua is now leading by 4,000 votes.

    DAP also retained its Tanjung parliamentary seat in Penang as well as taking a large lead in all three state seats under that parliamentary seat.

    Wee Choo Keong, standing under a PKR ticket, is leading in Wangsa Maju.
  • Victory parades banned, says police chief - 7.36pm

    Police chief Musa Hassan has announced that all political parties are not allowed to hold victory parades after the results are announced. He said this is to prevent ‘untoward incidents’.

  • Nurul Izzah ahead in 3 out of 14 polling stations - 7.27pm

    Nurul Izzah Anwar is leading at three out of 14 polling stations at the Lembah Pantai parliament seat.

    Meanwhile, PKR’s Azmin Ali is leading in both the Gombak parliamentary seat and the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat.

  • ISA candidate Manoharan wins seat? - 7.20pm

    Hindraf leader M Manoharan, who is being held under the Internal Security Act, is reported to have taken the Selangor state seat of Kota Alam Shah (unconfirmed).
  • DAP retains Kuching - 7.15pm

    DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen has retained Kuching with an increased majority of 10,000 votes according to unofficial results. Chong won the seat in 2004 with a 2,000 majority.
  • Latest updates - 7.10pm

    - Opposition parties are leading in all key seats in Penang

    - Teresa Kok leading by 10,000 votes in Seputeh

    - DAP leading both Petaling Jaya Utara state seats

    - Edward Lee from DAP leading in Bukit Gasing

    - In Sarawak, PKR leading in Limbong and DAP in Bandar Kuching.

    - PKR’s Dr Xavier Jayakumar leading in all streams in Kota Raya state seat

    - PKR’s Tian Chua leading in Batu by 3,743 votes.
  • PKR in unassailable lead in Bukit Tambun - 7.05pm

    PKR's Law Choo Kiang has taken an unassailable lead of 1,500 votes for the state seat of Bukit Tambun. This may be the first Penang seat to fall to opposition hands.

    Early reports indicate DAP candidates are leading in many Penang state seats.

  • Poor turnout in opposition’s favour? - 6.55pm

    A very poor turnout in Taiping, especially among the Malay voters, is expected to cause some problems for incumbent M Kayveas. Similarly poor voter turnout in Selangor's Kapar and Klang, again among Malay voters, could benefit PKR and DAP in both seats.

  • Opposition takes lead in key hot seats - 6.47pm

    Based on ground reports, DAP candidates are leading in the early stage of the count. Tony Pua is leading by 1,800 votes in Petaling Jaya Utara. Fong Kui Lun is similarly leading by 3,000 votes in Bukit Bintang. Hannah Yeoh is leading the Subang Jaya state seat.

    In Klang, DAP's Charles Santiago is also leading at this very early stage. PKR's S Manikavasagam is also in the lead in neighbouring Kapar.

The first official result of the general election can be expected by 7pm.

(Malaysiakini) After a day of polling, it's now down to the nitty-gritty procedures relating to counting.

At the close of the day, the presiding officer at the 8,000 polling stations across the nation will seal the ballot boxes in the presence of the candidates' polling agents.

All of them are to affix their signatures or seals on the ballot boxes. Then the Election Commission officer will compare the number of ballot papers issued based on his or her records with those not used in front of the polling agents. The numbers must match.

When all the ballot papers are accounted for, the presiding officer will reopen the boxes and proceed to count the ballots in front of the agents.

Each ballot paper will be shown to the agents as it is counted. Ballot papers which do not conform to the rules, such as spoilt votes, will be marked ‘rejected’ while the accepted ones will be added to the respective candidates tally.

After the votes are counted at the various polling stations, a statement of the results of the poll will then be sent to the returning officer at the central counting centre located in each constituency.

The returning officer, on receiving the results from the polling stations, will add all these votes, inclusive of postal votes, to determine the winner.

Once this is done, the returning officer will declare the winning candidate as the elected representative of that constituency.

Recount of votes

Where the number of votes differs from the number of ballot papers found in the ballot box by one percent, or the difference between the winning candidate and the losing one is two percent or less of the total number of votes cast, upon application of either of the agents, a recount shall be made only once.

However, the presiding officer has the discretion to order more recounts until he is satisfied that it is correct.

In this election, counting is done at the polling stations unless the state EC specifies a central counting centre.

Election Commission had earlier said that the first result is expected to be known as early as 7pm while the attaining of a simple majority is expected to be announced around 10.30pm.

Malaysiakini will be providing live reports as the results are known tonight.

Election petition

After the returning officer has announced the results, the losing candidate has the right to challenged it in court. However, it has to meet these conditions:

i) bribery, intimidation or any misconduct that may have affected the result of the election;

ii) non-compliance with election laws and regulations;

iii) corrupt or illegal practice committed by the candidate or any of his agents;

iv) the candidate or his agent found to be disqualified for the election.

The election petition must be made at the High Court within 21 days after the results are gazetted.

An election judge will then be appointed and if the court, after conducting a trial over an election petition, decides the election to be void, EC will give notice of a by-election for the constituency concerned.

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