Anwar Won Permatang Pauh By-Election
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Anwar is Permatang Pauh MP (Final update)
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh by-election.
The PKR de-facto leader was returned to Parliament with a majority of 15,671 votes, exceeding the 13,388-vote majority won by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the March 8 general election.
Anwar garnered 31,195 votes to beat Barisan candidate Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, who polled 15,524 votes, while Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia candidate Hanafi Hamat lost his RM15,000 deposit after getting only 92 votes. There were 447 spoilt votes.
“This is the people’s victory,” Anwar said in a victory speech.
“Permatang Pauh has given a clear signal to the leadership of this country. We demand change. We want freedom. We don’t want to live with corruption and oppression.
“We want an independent judiciary, we want the economy to benefit the vast majority not the corrupt few,” he added.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the result was proof that democracy was still alive in the country and there was no manipulation involved.
“As we have pointed out right from the start, we would be facing a tough challenge,” he said.
The closely watched by-election was called after Dr Wan Azizah resigned as the MP on July 31 to enable her husband to run for election.
Anwar held the seat for four terms before he was sacked from his Deputy Prime Minister’s post in 1998 under corruption and sodomy charges.
Dr Wan Azizah, who had been known as a reluctant politician, won the seat for a third term in March.
A mammoth crowd comprising PKR leaders and supporters gathered early at the tallying centre at the Tuanku Bainun Teacher Training College in Bukit Mertajam to celebrate Anwar’s victory.
Supporters in the crowd let off fireworks as returning officer Roslan Yahaya announced the results about 10pm.
Voter turnout was relatively high, at about 80% of the total of 58,459 registered voters in the constituency.
Barisan was the underdog from the start in the hard-fought by-election that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak described as a titanic challenge.
Anwar’s convincing victory was reminiscent of his heyday, when he secured a stunning 23,515-vote majority in the 1995 general election by polling 27,945 votes. In Tuesday’s polling, 47,258 voters cast their ballots, or 80.83% of the 58,459 total number of voters.
Source : TheStar
EC announces Anwar as winner
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat with a majority of 15,671 votes.
The victory marks a return to Parliament for the PKR advisor after an absence of 13 years.
The Election Commission announced that Anwar polled 31,195 votes while his Barisan Nasional opponent, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah received 15,524.
Hanafi Hamat of Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim), who contested as an independent lost his deposit, polling only 92 votes.
Anwar last won the Permatang Pauh seat in 1995 with a majority of 23,515 votes.
The by-election was held after his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail quit as Permatang Pauh MP on July 31. She had won with a majority of 13,388 votes in the March 8 general election.
With his victory, Anwar will take over as the Parliamentary Opposition Leader.
Source : TheStar
Anwar bags 61% of vote: PKR exit polls
Aug 26, 08 3:56pm
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR said today its exit polls indicate he has won 61 percent of the votes in a by-election expected to return him to parliament.
– Turnout in March was 81 percent
– ‘Lower turnout among non-Malays’
Source : TheStar