Sunday, April 29, 2018

GE14 Starts with Nominations and a 6-seat Deficit

Malaysia's 14th general election officially began yesterday when candidates vying for the 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats submit their forms on Nomination Day. 

And Pakatan Harapan lost one parliamentary seat and five state seats. 

First, the loss of the Batu parliamentary seat because PKR vice-president Tian Chua who was seeking a third term was disqualified. 

Tian Chua said the returning officer had refused to accept a High Court judgment that he submitted together with his nomination and had instead asked him to “file a petition”. 

[Background info: In March, the High Court had ruled that Tian Chua was eligible to contest after reducing to RM2,000 a fine of RM3,000 imposed by the Sessions Court last year for insulting a police officer. 

The Federal Constitution disqualifies anyone from standing as an election candidate for five years on being sentenced to more than a year’s jail, or a fine of more than RM2,000].

Second, PKR candidate, Streram Sinnasamy could not submit his nomination papers because he allegedly failed to bring along the candidate pass to enter the centre as required by the Election Commission. Streram’s proposer and seconder also did not have their EC passes with them. 

Returning officer Amino Agos Suyub duly declared BN’s Mohamad Hasan as the winner of the Rantau state seat that he has held since 2004. 

Third, Bersatu candidate for the Bukit Pasir state seat, Pizi Jihat was disqualified due to a documentation issue at the last minute – thus leaving BN to slug it out with PAS.

Fourth, the same predicament applied to the Penaga state seat when Yaakob Osman from Bersatu was similarly disqualified. 

Fifth and sixth, two PKR nominees Mohd Azihan Che Seman and Mohd Hafidz Rizal Amran, vying for the Tawang and Kuala Balah state seats in Kelantan respectively were rejected.

Sigh, all in all, a six-seat deficit. 

As Bersih 2.0 had asserted that the EC's reasons for disqualification were petty and arbitrary. 

Desperation to win is showing. The rakyat needs to turn out in full force to give PH that chance to capture Putrajaya. 

Barisan Nasional are expected to face PH and PAS in multiple three-cornered fights nationwide. 

Campaigning commenced on Saturday and shall last for eleven days before Malaysia's 14.9 million voters go to the polls on Wednesday, May 09. 

Saturday’s EPL match between Liverpool and Stoke saw a goalless draw – and it sure looked like the Reds decided to play in second gear. 

In any case, the Reds’ second straight league draw against relegation candidates may not be ideal preparation but they can move on quickly by focusing on Wednesday night in Rome, Italy.

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