BN reasserted its trust in Kuala Besut by-election after its candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Rahman won 8,288 votes to PAS candidate Azlan Yusof’s 5,696 votes and 125 spoilt votes.
The win maintains the status quo, with the BN ruling coalition garnering 17 seats in the state assembly to Pakatan Rakyat's 15, a two seat majority in the 32 seats state assembly in the nation’s first by-election after the 13th general election.
The result saw BN increased its majority to 2,592 votes from 2,434 votes in the 13th general election on May 5.
A total of 14,108 voters or 79.76 % voting rate and in line with the forecast analysis, BN had an upper hand in the by-election over his PAS challenger Azlan Yusof, winning all eight polling Centre, including the two narrowly lost to PAS namely Kg Nangka and Bukit Puteri as a result of some swing votes.
The battle ended PAS’s strategy of creating a hung state assembly with both BN an opposition having 16-6 seats situation.
The by-election saw the effective BN strategy by campaigning to ensure the continuity of stable state administration for sustainable development while PAS was championing "the 16:16, Kuala Besut to make history" slogan which is proof-irrelevant.