The three by-elections in Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang and Batang Ai, which will be held simultaneously on April 7, will see contests by 15, three and two candidates respectively.
The biggest field of candidates is in Bukit Selambau where 15 aspiring candidates filed papers, including Barisan Nasional’s Datuk S. Ganesan and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s S. Manikumar. When the objection period ended at 11am, all candidates were accepted without any objections.
In Bukit Gantang, ousted Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin is facing Barisan Nasional’s Ismail Safian and an Independent, businessman Kamarul Ramizu Idris. There were three objections but all were rejected.
In Batang Ai, it is a straight fight between BN candidate Malcom Mussem Lamoh and Jawah Gerang of PKR. Two objections were filed but both were rejected.
At all three venues, newly-minted Umno leaders are heading the campaigns in the three by-elections.
Among the BN leaders accompanying their candidates were Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein , who is in charge of Bt Selambau, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu.
The PKR supporters were led by the party's vice-president, Azmin Ali.
Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Zahid Hamidi led the BN charge for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat. They were seen walking to the nomination centre with Ismail and Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Nizar's contingent included Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
Most of the candidates contesting in the three by-elections – Bukit Gantang Parliamentary seat (Perak), Batang Ai State seat(Sarawak), and Bt Selambau state seat (Kedah) arrived at the nomination centres, bolstered by thousands of supporters.
* 15 candidates file nominations for Bkt Selambau including S. Ganesan (BN-MIC) and S. Manikumar (Pakatan-PKR)
* Three-cornered fight for Bukit Gantang between Ismail Safian (BN-Umno), Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin (Pakatan-PAS) and independent Kamarul Ramizu.
* Straight fight in Batang Ai between Barisan’s Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and PKR’s Jawah Gerang.
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