15 For Bukit Selambau

15 For Bukit Selambau Election

SUNGAI PETANI, March 29 (Bernama) — The Bukit Selambau state by-election created a record for having the most number of candidates — 15 altogether, with 13 of them independent candidates.

Returning officer Datuk Abdullah Mat Akhir announced that all 15 candidates who submitted their nomination papers qualified to contest in the by-election.

Among the huge pool of independents are Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate S. Ganesan and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) S. Manikumar.

The independent candidates are R. Loganathan, Tan Hock Huat, Mohd Radhi Mat Lazim, Mohd Fadzli Wahab, Abdul Rahim Abu, L. Sarala, A. Jayagopal, S. Moganakumar, Khamis Awang, Husaini Yaacob, Venason Michael, Mejar (Rtd) Anuar Abdul Hamid and T. Chandrarajan.

In TAIPING, Election Commission (EC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof confirmed that the number of candidates in Bukit Selambau was the highest ever in the country’s election history.

“Previous record was in Sabah involving eight candidates,” he said.

He was not sure, however, whether the record in Sabah was set in a state election, a by-election or a general election.

Asked what could be the reason for the crowded contest, he said, “I don’t know. The only reason I could think of is that in the 12th general election last year, an independent candidate ended up being appointed as an executive council member.”

“This is a democratic country, that is their choice, we don’t stop them,” he told Bernama.

Independent candidate V. Arumugam won the seat in the 12th general election and later joined PKR and appointed state executive councillor.

Arumugam vacated the seat in February, paving the way for the by-election.

Abdul Aziz also said that the EC was satisfied with the nomination process despite the number of candidates.

“The nomination process was over in 40 minutes,” he said, adding that nine objection were received but they were all rejected as they were merely on technical matters.



March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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