Saturday, 1 August 2009

BN to contest in Permatang Pasir

Barisan Nasional (BN) will contest in the upcoming Permatang Pasir by-election following the death of PAS assemblyman Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman.

Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said they would field a candidate since the seat has become vacant.

“It is in line with our stand that Umno and Barisan will contest if the seat is vacant due to reasons related to the Constitution,” he said Friday night after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting.

PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had said earlier that the party would contest the state seat, which he said was a PAS stronghold.

Permatang Pasir is one of three state seats in Permatang Pauh - the parliamentary constituency held by PKR de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. It is the sole PAS seat in Penang.

The upcoming by-election will be the third by-election in the Permatang Puah constituency in less than one year - the first being Datuk Seri Anwar's victory in August last year after his wife, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, quit the seat.

The Election Commission (EC) is expected to announce the nomination and polling dates for the Permatang Pasir state by-election by Aug 10.

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