PETALING JAYA: Bangi has the most voters among the country’s 222 parliamentary constituencies, with 303,430 people eligible to cast their ballots in the Selangor seat for GE15.
To put the size of its electorate into perspective, Bangi has 55% more voters than the whole state of Perlis, which has 195,927.
The constituency, which is a 40 minute-drive from Kuala Lumpur, was also the country’s biggest in the GE14 in 2018.
Its electorate has grown by 69.7% from GE14 when it had 178,790 voters.
These are some of the interesting facts that can be gleaned from the Election Commission’s GE15 voter figures released on nomination day on Nov 5.
Population growth, the lowering of the voting age to 18 from 21 and automatic voter registration have boosted the number of voters throughout the country by 41.7% to 21,173,638 in GE15 from 14,940,640 in GE14.
Selangor is currently home to seven out of the country’s 10 biggest parliament seats in terms of the number of voters:
At the other end of the scale, the parliament seat with the fewest voters is Sarawak’s Igan constituency with 28,290 eligible voters.
Bangi also has the most number of female voters (153,382) as well as voters from the youngest age group, namely 18- to 20-year-olds (26,140).
However, in terms of percentage, the seat with the biggest proportion of female voters is Penang’s Bukit Bendera.
Of the constituency’s 92,521 voters, 48,809 or 52.7% are female, the highest percentage among all parliament seats.
Overall, female voters outnumber male voters in 123 of the 222 parliamentary constituencies.
Nationwide, women make up 50.17% of the electorate.
The constituency with the biggest proportion of 18- to 20-year-old voters is Tebrau.
The Johor seat has 223,301 voters, of which 9.7% are in that age group.
Penang’s Tanjong meanwhile has the biggest proportion of senior voters.
Of the 52,803 voters in the seat, 22,700 or 43% are above the age of 60.