30pc turnout as at 11am

(Bernama) KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 17 — Some 30 per cent of voters have cast their votes for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election as at 11am today.

The polling, which started at 8am at 143 voting channels in 36 polling centres, was progressing well with no untoward incidents reported so far.

The constuency has 80,229 voters, including 1,302 postal voters.

Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh and Pas candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut were among those who turned up early to cast their votes.

Wan Farid was the first to cast his vote at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Bukit Besar polling centre at 8.02am, followed by his wife Toh Puan Intan Baizura Abdul Wahab.

"I hope that voters will come out early. I hope that the fair weather is a sign of BN's victory," he told reporters.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was also here to lend moral support to the BN candidate by visiting several polling centres such as Sekolah Kebangsaan Paya Bunga, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Sulaiman I, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Sulaiman II, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Bukit Besar and Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Chabang Tiga.

Wahid, meanwhile, cast his vote at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Pusat Chabang Tiga at 8.07am.

Independent candidate Azharudin Mamat @ Adam did not cast his vote as he is a registered voter in the Petaling Jaya Utara parliamentary area. Voters have been coming out early to cast their votes to take advantage of the fair weather.

The Meteorological Department had forecast that there would be rain in the afternoon.

The traffic in the city was under control, with vehicles carrying party flags seen plying the streets, while policemen were stationing themselves in strategic locations.

The police have deployed some 6,000 men for the by-election. The Election Commission expects a 90 per cent voter turnout. — Bernama