KUALA LUMPUR, 19 November — The Malaysian Election Commission announced that 9 per cent of eligible voters across the country had cast their votes as of 9 am today, one hour after opening the polls at 8 am.
In this election, around 21.2 million voters in Malaysia can vote to choose their representatives for the 222 parliament seats, along with state assembly seats in the states of Pahang, Perlis and Perak.
In the 2018 election, the voter turnout reached 82 per cent, while it hit 84 per cent in the 2013 elections.
The current election is the first to allow voters aged 18 to cast their ballots after the country lowered the voting age to 18 from 21 and introduced automatic registration for young voters.
The number of voters in the 2018 elections reached 14.9 million.