Malaysia Voting Finished, Results Late Evening

Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad shows his finger that is marked in ink after voting in May for the general election in Alor Setar, state capital of Kedah, northern Malaysia. Photo: Andy Wong / Associated Press
Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad shows his finger that is marked in ink after voting in May for the general election in Alor Setar, state capital of Kedah, northern Malaysia. Photo: Andy Wong / Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR — Voting is over in Malaysia’s closely fought general election but not without opposition complaints that some people were denied a vote.

Election Commission Chairman Mohamad Hashim Abdullah says voters aren’t allowed to cast ballots after 5 p.m. even if they’re in a queue at polling places. He says this is part of Malaysia’s election law and those unhappy with it can challenge the decision in court. It’s unclear how many voters have been affected.

Opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad says he received reports many voters were still queuing at 5 p.m. and criticized the commission for not providing enough polling stations.

He says “the process is not efficient enough,” adding, “it’s not the voters’ fault.”

Results are expected late Wednesday evening.