BAGAN Pinang initially awakened to light thunder and a drizzle on 11 Oct 2009; the kind of Sunday morning that is made for sleeping in. But today is polling day, the culmination of a week of bizarre and occasionally sluggish campaigning by both the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
It is a tense and much anticipated day by any standard. The Election Commission (EC) expects a turnout of 80% by the time polling ends. By 2pm, turnout was 59.2%, according to the EC’s hourly updates.
PAS and Umno supporters have been lining up outside the polling stations, taunting each other. Intermittent scuffles have been reported. Jalan Pantai in Port Dickson remains jammed with vehicles bearing both Negeri Sembilan and out-of-town number plates.
The BN is tipped to win the contest in this state seat. But with such a taut polling day atmosphere, the rest of the country will be waiting to see if Bagan Pinang springs any surprises when the results are announced tonight.
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