PORT DICKSON: Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the parliamentary seat by-election here, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is expected to garner the lion’s share of votes in tomorrow’s poll, a study has revealed.
The survey by Institute Darul Ehsan (IDE) found that 74 per cent of the electorate will choose the incoming PKR president as their new Member of Parliament, over the six other candidates.
IDE deputy chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said the study was conducted on Oct 8 and 9, and involved 1,084 voters in the constituency.
He said most of the respondents indicated that Anwar was their choice, because it would lead to him becoming the eighth prime minister.
The study also predicts that Pas candidate Lt Col (R) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar will receive 11 per cent of the votes, followed by independent candidate Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (10 per cent); while the four other independent candidates will each receive one per cent of the votes.
The Port Dickson parliamentary constituency has 77,750 registered voters, 43 per cent of whom are Malay, 33 per cent Chinese, 22 per cent Indian, and two per cent others.
The contest will see a seven-cornered fight involving Anwar, Mohd Nazari, Mohd Isa, Anwar’s former personal aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan and two other independent candidates.
The Port Dickson parliamentary seat was vacated by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah on Sept 12 to allow Anwar to contest and return to the Dewan Rakyat.