GE15: No party won a simple majority for the new federal government

by Rosli Mansor

The 15th General Election (GE15) has ended with everyone scratching their heads as no party has gotten the simple majority to form the new Federal Government.

As of 4.30 am, the Election Commission (SPR) has declared the results for 219 out of 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat with Pakatan Harapan (PH) winning 82 seats and Perikatan Nasional (PN) having 73 seats.

PN showed an impressive performance when it swept 14 parliamentary seats in Kelantan and eight in Terengganu using the PAS logo, in addition to forming a state government in Perlis after winning 14 out of 15 seats in the State Assembly (DUN).

Barisan Nasional (BN), on the other hand, suffered the worst defeat in its political history when it only won 30 out of 178 contested seats.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) won 22 seats, compared to the 18 seats it held in the last Parliament; Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) with six seats; Legacy (three); Bebas (two) and Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) won one seat while Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) failed in its debut to win any seats.

EC chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh in a press conference at 5 am said that no party obtained a majority of 50 percent of the 219 seats that were declared.

The election for the Padang Serai parliamentary seat in Kedah was postponed to December 7 after the PH candidate, who is also the seat holder M Karupaiya, died on November 16.

Voting at 11 polling centres in the Baram Parliamentary constituency in Sarawak was suspended due to bad weather causing officials to be unable to go to the centre while the EC was unable to announce the results for the Kota Marudu Parliamentary seat, also due to the weather.

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