May 23, 2009
BUKIT MERTAJAM: It is a four-cornered fight for the Penanti by-election on May 31.
The candidates were PKR's Mansor Othman and three independents - former Penang PKR Wanita chief Aminah Abdullah, company manager Nai-Khan Ari, 41, and motivational expert Kamarul Ramizu Idris, 42.
Returning officer Roslan Yahaya announced this at noon today.
Nomination papers from independent businessman Mohd Saberi Othman, 49, were not accepted.
When asked, Roslan told reporters that Mohd Saberi had not fulfilled all the conditions required for him to stand as candidate in Penanti but declined to elaborate further.
Attempts to get Mohd Saberi for his comments were unsuccessful.
Earlier, Mohd Saberi had joined the other four candidates in filing his nomination papers at the Youth Skills Development Institute here.
Six objections were raised during the objection period, including one against Kamarul's proposer, who is said to be not from Penanti.
Kamarul has stood as an independent and lost in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary against by-election.
The nomination process for the Penanti by-election was quieter than the other polls held previously.
Although some Pakatan Rakyat supporters have turned up at the nomination centre at the Youth Skills Development Institute here today, there was no taunting and shouting that have marred other by-elections.
However, the police were not taking any chance.
A police helicopter was spotted circling above the area while some 300 personnel have been mobilised to keep watch over the crowds.
The earliest to arrive today was Aminah, who came to the centre at 7.45am.
She was followed by Mohd Saberi and Nai-Kan, then Mansor.
Many of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders have turned up at the centre to give their support to Mansor.
Barisan Nasional has decided on May 18 to sit out on the by-election.
According to the 2008 electoral roll that was updated on April 16, the seat has a total of 15,384 registered voters, including 24 postal voters.
The electorate comprises 72.68% Malays, 24.22% Chinese, 2.39% Indians and 0.71% others.
The Penanti seat fell vacant after Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin quit as assemblyman on April 16 after stepping down as Penang Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) I on April 8.