Selangor PKR has sent only one name to the party headquarters as the proposed candidate for the Sungai Kandis state by-election scheduled for Aug 4.
Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said today the state PKR political bureau met yesterday and considered several names.
“It is left to the headquarters to consider others as well. Selangor reached consensus on one name,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the state executive council in Shah Alam.
Earlier, three people had been mentioned as the possible candidates, namely former Kota Anggerik state assemblyperson Yaakob Sapari as well as Mohd Radzlan Jalaluddin and Mikael Eskandar.
The Sungai Kandis seat became vacant following the death of the assemblyperson Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei on July 2. The Election Commission set nomination for July 21 and polling for Aug 4.
Umno decides to use party logo
Meanwhile, Selangor Umno has decided to use the party logo instead of the BN logo for the by-election.
Selangor Umno liaison committee deputy chairperson Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said the decision was reached at a meeting chaired last night by chairperson Noh Omar.
“We met last night and reached a consensus that we field our candidate in the by-election. Selangor Umno also proposed that we use the Umno logo,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Asked for the name of the candidate, Mat Nadzari said Selangor Umno left it to the party leadership to determine that.
PAS had said that it would only nominate a candidate if the by-election was a straight fight and not a three-cornered contest so as to avoid the splitting of votes as was the case in the 14th general election.
In Sintok, Kedah, EC's election academy director Hasanul Isyaraf Naim said the electoral rolls as of the first quarter of 2018, up to July 2, had 51,230 voters in Sungai Kandis, comprising 51,217 ordinary voters and 13 absentee voters.
Mat Shuhaimi had retained the seat in the 13th and 14th general elections. He first won the seat in the 12th general election in 2008 when it was known as Seri Muda.