KIMANIS: A small group of voters cheered outside the SK Our Lady Fatima polling centre as Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin arrived to exercise his rights.
Without wasting time, Mohamad, who arrived at 9.09am, proceeded to the registration desk and headed to his voting channel to cast his ballot.
He then spent some time to greet electorates who were waiting for their turn. The Kimanis Umno division chief also had a small chat with some senior citizens.
Mohamad, who is fondly known as "Datuk Moh", was also seen hugging and kissing an old woman on the forehead before leaving the polling centre.
"I came a little late because I was waiting for my 'mama' ," he told reporters who had been waiting for his arrival since 7.30am when met outside the school compound.
When asked whether the woman he had hugged earlier was his mother, Mohamad smiled and confirmed it.
Commenting on the voting process, he was satisfied with the assistance provided by thr Election Commission (EC) and would visit other polling centres.
Meanwhile, Mohamad's mother Juliah Saman, 80, said they had come to SK Our Lady Fatima together but in different vehicles.
As his mother, she wished her son the best and hoped he would win the Kimanis by-election.
"I know my son's busy but my advise to him (Mohamad) is to carry out his duties with responsibility and continue to give his best to the people," she said.
Juliah was also accompanied by her 60-year-old daughter Wasim Alamin, who also wished for Mohamad to win.
Earlier, triplets from Kampung Kelatuan turned heads as they turned up to cast their voted. They were 34-year-old Zakaria, Zaidi, and Zaki Muhamud.
Speaking to reporters, Zakaria expressed their strong objection to the Sabah Temporary Pass, adding that whoever became Kimanis MP would need to look into the people's concerns on illegal immigrants.
"Both (Parti Warisan Sabah and BN) candidates are the same. We just hope that whoever wins will continue to voice out against illegal immigrants.
"It's a big concern because whenever we go fishing, we spot them at mangrove areas in Papar. Although we haven't seen them in the Kimanis area, it is possible they are here," said Zakaria.
Zakaria and Zaidi both work as security guards, while Zaki runs a burger stall.
Meanwhile, EC deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom, who came to inspect the polling centre, said the voting process went smoothly so far.
"We hope for 70 per cent turn out and the number seems to be picking up...I'm only worried that it might rain in the afternoon.
"That will affect the turnout and hence, we encourage voters to come as early as possible," he said.
The Kimanis by-ellection polling starts from 7.30am until 5pm. The EC is scheduled to conduct ballot counting at 7pm, at the Dewan Datuk Seri Mohd Dun Banir in Beaufort.