By-election candidate known on Saturday

By Wednesday December 10th, 2008 No Comments

KUALA TERENGGANU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to announce the name of the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election this Saturday.

Kuala Terengganu Umno division chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh said the list has been finalised but declined to reveal the names yesterday.

We don’t want to breach the party’s constitution as the candidate will be announced by the top leadership, he said after chairing the division meeting here on Tuesday night.

He said he hoped the party would name the candidate earlier to avoid unwarranted speculation and prepare the poll machinery.

We discussed the causes of Umno’s victory with a slim majority of 628 votes in the March general election.

We will look at the weaknesses and hope to garner a higher majority this time, Wan Ahmad Farid said.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Datuk Razali Ismail who garnered 32,562 votes against PAS Mohamad Sabu who got 31,934 votes while independent candidate Maimun Yusof obtained 685 votes.

There are 80,325 voters and four state seats in the Kuala Terengganu constituency.

Source : The Star

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