Kuala Lumpur, Nov 19 — About 58% of eligible voters have come out to vote as of 2pm, the Election Commission (EC) reported.
This means that more than 12.3 million votes had been cast so far, with polling scheduled to end at 6pm in the peninsula and 5.30pm in Sabah and Sarawak.
There are 21,173,638 voters eligible to cast their ballots in the general election. Of the 224,832 eligible early voters comprising policemen, soldiers and their spouses, 212,961, or 94.72%, had cast their ballots on Nov 15.
Polling centres in the peninsula opened at 8am while centres in Sabah and Sarawak opened at 7.30am.
A total of 939 candidates, including 20 parties and 107 independents, are contesting for 221 parliamentary seats.
A total of 116 state seats are also up for grabs, including the Bugaya state seat which was left vacant after the death of its incumbent, Manis Muka Darah, in 2020.
A total of 429 candidates are vying for these seats in Perak (59), Pahang (41) and Perlis (15).