KUCHING: With 10 days left to nomination day for the Tanjung Datu by-election, political parties in Sarawak appeared to be taking their time in identifying the potential candidate to contest for the state seat.
To date, Lundu district officer Hamsein Atar, the man appointed as the returning officer by the Election Commission (EC), said no one has purchased the nomination form for the by-election.
“There are no takers yet,” Hamsein told the New Straits Times when contacted today.
It was reported that Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) is currently deliberating and deciding on its candidates to stand for the by-election, scheduled to take place on Feb 18.
EC had fixed the nomination day for the by-election for Feb 4.
No actual date has been given to when BN will announce its candidate for the by-election.
Sarawak PKR will organise a press conference later today on its decision whether to contest in the by-election.
The Tanjung Datu by-election was called following the death of its incumbent Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who was the former chief minister.
During the state election last year, Adenan retained the Tanjung Datu state seat by a majority of 5,892 votes.
Adenan obtained a total of 6,360 votes while PKR candidate Jazolkipli Numan only polled 468 votes.-nst