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Friday, May 30, 2014

Mah vs Dyana prizefight set to begin


In the most fiercely contested by-election since the 13th general elections last May, Perak's southernmost parliamentary constituency Teluk Intan will see DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud face off with BN's Mah Siew Keong.

Dyana, a 27-year-old lawyer, has created much excitement as DAP's choice, but it remains to be seen if the political secretary of Lim Kit Siang will see her popularity translated into votes.

BN's Mah, who is Gerakan president is a two term Teluk Intan MP (1999 to 2008), but lost in both the 2008 and 2013 general elections to DAP.

DAP's Seah Leong Peng defeated Mah in the last general election with a majority of 7,313 vote s, but passed away on May 1 due to cancer.

Malaysiakini brings you the live reports of the polling and counting process today as it unfolds.

LIVE REPORTS

7.30am: This is the sixth by-election to take place since GE13, and the second parliamentary by-election after the Bukit Gelugor poll just last week.

Mah has campaigned on themes of local issues such as local council services, while Dyana has focussed on national issues such as living costs and the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST).

There are 60,483 registered voters in Teluk Intan: 42 percent Chinese, 38 percent Malays, 19 percent Indians.

The last general election saw an 80.4 percent turnout, the highest ever recorded in this constituency.

There are 37 voting centres open from 8am to 5pm, with the exception of one - Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (Tamil) Ladang Sungai Timah - which will close at 4pm due to small number of voters there.

The counting will be held at SMK Abdul Rahman Talib from 5pm onwards, with results expected by 9pm if the process runs smoothly.

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