Thursday, 28 May 2009

Manek Urai: Nominations July 6 & polls on July 14

The Election Commission (EC) has set July 6 for nominations and July 14 as the polling day for the Manek Urai state seat by-election in Kelantan.

EC chairman Abdul Aziz Yusof who made the announcement at a press conference at the commission office in Putrajaya today said the eight days of campaigning period is the same as that allocated for the Penanti by-election, due on May 31.

The Manek Urai seat became vacant following the death of PAS state assemblyman Ismail Yaacob on May 23.

Ismail won Manek Urai in the 2008 general election with 1,352 vote-majority over Umno's Zulkepli Omar. He polled 5,746 votes against Zulkepli's 4,394. Voter turnout was 84.23 per cent.

Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has announced that Barisan Nasional would contest in Manek Urai.

BN is not contesting in the Penanti by-election citing frequent by-elections as waste of public resources.

The Menak Urai by-election is the seventh by-election after the March 2008 general election. - Malaysiakini

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