The canvassing for votes outside polling stations has gone full steam as the candidates and their supporters attempt to persuade those who have not cast their votes to do so. In Bukit Gantang, the fight is for the crucial Malay votes that could determine the outcome of the results. The analysts have predicted a shift towards the BN over the past 24 hours but the PR has insisted that it still has a strong command. In Batang Ai, the BN is favourite to retain the constituency but the margin may not be wide. High water levels and swift river currents could affect voters turnout. The PKR appears convinced that it has an edge in Selambau. Until 1.55pm, the turnout had passed 55% and is expected to increase.
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