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Young voter Ainaa Humairah Azhan, 18, casting her ballot for the Putrajaya parliamentary seat during the 15th general election, at the polling station in SK Putrajaya Presint 9(1), on November 19, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

GE15: Some Padang Serai voters unaware of postponement, found polling centre closed

KULIM, Nov 19 — Polling for the Padang Serai parliamentary has been postponed following the death of one of its candidates, M. Karupaiya. of Pakatan Harapan (PH) last Wednesday, but some of the electors were not aware of it and went to their designated polling centres today to vote.

A survey by Bernama at the polling centre at SK Sri Limau, Lunas found a few electors gathered there.

One of them was Saad-Idi Ismail, 43, a person with hearing impairment, who was there with his wife, also a person with disability (PwD), and their three children.

The family arrived at the school at about 3pm from Bukit Mertajam, in Penang, about 14 kilometres away.

Saad-Idi then approached this Bernama reporter with a piece of paper, written on it a question on why the polling station was closed.

When informed that the polling day for the Padang Serai parliamentary seat has been postponed following Karupaiya’s death, he looked shocked and said he was not aware of it.

“Is it true? My wife and I drove all the way. Then when should we come back again (to vote),” he wrote and then passed the paper back to the reporter.

Another elector, Low Teck Chai, 28, said he knew about Karupaiya’s death, but was not aware that the polling day had been postponed.

“I read the news on his death. Should have checked on the Election Commission’s (EC) website,” he said.

Meanwhile, a security guard at the school, Muhammad Zuhairi Asri said that as of 3 pm, about 40 electors arrived at the school to vote, not realising that the polling day for the parliamentary seat had been postponed.

“Pity them. There was also a family from Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Yesterday, the EC had set December 7 as the polling day for the Padang Serai parliamentary seat.

Karupaiya, 69, the incumbent Padang Serai MP, was admitted to Kulim Hospital last Monday after collapsing while campaigning and died at 2.27pm on Wednesday (November 16).

— Bernama

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