Polls close in high-stakes Malaysian election

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Polls closed Wednesday in Malaysia’s high-stakes election in which scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak faces a tough challenge from 92-year-old former strongman Mahathir Mohamad. 

Polling centres closed at 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) across the country. There was no immediate word on the final turnout, with the last update from the Election Commission at 3:00 pm showing that 69 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.