KUALA TERENGGANU, 29 Dec 2008: Deputy Home Minister Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh said today the police assured him that voters in the upcoming Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election would be able to vote without fear.
Wan Ahmad Farid, who is the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the 17 Jan 2009 by-election, said the police were already putting up temporary police kiosks in strategic areas in the constituency to prevent any untoward incidents.
He said he was briefed on security during the by-election at the Terengganu police headquarters recently in the presence of Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
“As such, we ask the voters to come out and exercise their right on 17 Jan,” he said after attending a function at the Pulau Rusa Mosque here.
Nomination for the by-election is on 6 Jan. The by-election is being held following the death of Member of Parliament Datuk Razali Ismail, who was deputy education minister. PAS has said it would announce its candidate on 1 Jan 2009.
In the 8 March 2008 general election, Razali garnered 32,562 votes to beat Mohamad Sabu of PAS and independent candidate Maimun Yusof. — Bernama