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The Barisan Nasional (BN) retained the Batu Talam state seat in a by-election today with a bigger majority than that it had garnered in the general election in 2004.

Returning Officer Abdul Kadir Abu Bakar announced at 8.17 pm that BN’s Abdul Aziz Kiram, 47, secured 6,276 votes to beat independent candidate Ng Chee Pang, 22, by a majority of 5,857 votes.

The by-election was held following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan who had beaten a PAS candidate by a majority of 2,761 votes in the general election in 2004.

A total of 7,080 voters or 67.32 per cent of the 10,525 electorate went to the polls today.

Abdul Kadir also announced that there were 385 spoilt votes in the by-election.

— BERNAMA