Wan Azizah polled 58.0 per cent of the valid votes cast, compared with Anwar’s 59.2 percent at GE13. So that’s a little slide. If we include spoilt votes, then she polled 57.1 per cent compared to Anwar’s 58.6 per cent.
The BN’s share of the valid votes actually crept up from 40.5 per cent at GE13 to 41.1 per cent this time (or from 40.1 per cent to 40.4 per cent, if we include spoilt votes).
So there is much for both sides to think about.
PKR’s problems with Pas and Anwar’s missing charisma may have contributed to the slide for PKR. Also, many younger out-of-town voters – perhaps those working in KL – may have failed to return home especially after the long weekend a few days earlier, during which some might have preferred to return. So that’s 14 per cent fewer voters.
But PKR can draw heart from its performances in the kampungs, thanks especially to the effort put in by its women’s wing in cooperation with the Pas women’s wing who worked hard among small groups of women to get them to go out and vote. Speakers from the progressive faction of Pas participated in the ceramahs in the last week especially to minimise the fallout from the friction between PKR and the Hadi faction of Pas. Surprisingly, the Pas stronghold of Permatang Pasir actually contributed more than half of PKR’s winning majority.
The BN cannot draw comfort despite its small increase in the share of its votes. It wasn’t able to capitalise on Anwar’s forced absence despite its entire machinery being concentrated in the area.
This could be because of the GST, the higher cost of living and corruption, Mahathir’s constant sniping at Najib over 1MDB, Altantuya, etc. Plus the anger over repressive laws being used against opposition politicians and activists.
What do you think?
If you look at the percentages in terms of all votes cast (including spoilt votes), we get the following:
Final result 2015 by election:
Dr Wan Azizah (PKR) 30316 votes (57.1 per cent)
Suhaimi (BN) 21475 (40.4 per cent)
Salleh Isahak (Independent) 367 votes (0.7 per cent)
Azman Shah Othman (PRM) 101 votes (0.2 per cent)
Spoilt votes: 843 (1.6 per cent)
Total votes cast: 53102 (100 per cent)
Registered voters: 71890
Voter turnout: 73.9 per cent (GE13 88.3 per cent)
GE13 (2013) result
Anwar Ibrahim (PKR): 37090 (58.6 per cent)
BN: 25369 (40.1 per cent)
Independent: 201 (0.3 per cent)
Spoilt votes: 672 (1.1 per cent)
Total votes cast: 63332 (100 per cent)
Registered voters: 71699
Voter turnout: 88.3 per cent