This is the first time that Johor’s election is not held concurrently with the federal election.
It is also the first time that youths aged 18 to 21 can vote in Malaysia, after parliament approved a Bill in 2019 to lower the voting age.
A total of 2,539,606 regular voters were eligible to cast their ballots on Saturday. This is out of the 2,597,742 voters registered for the state election.
The EC earlier said that it expected about 70 per cent turnout among the more than 2.59 million voters.
In the 14th General Election, Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the mandate to form the Johor government after winning 36 state seats, with DAP taking 14 seats, Parti Amanah Negara nine, PKR with five and Bersatu eight.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won 19 seats while PAS took one.
However, the PH government in Johor collapsed after Bersatu pulled out from PH at the federal level on Feb 24, 2020.
Bersatu then teamed up with BN and PAS to form the Johor Perikatan Nasional (PN) government with 29 seats.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was in Johor on Saturday to observe the voting process.
He said earlier this month that the BN must achieve a “big win” in the Johor state elections to ensure stability in the state government.