The by-election won’t be a `bye, election’: While BN is likely to announced its withdrawal from the election(1st in 50 years!) there are a number of candidates who has shown interests:
1. PKR : Dr Mansur Osman, ex-USM lecturer and ex-PKR Penang Chief; He was replaced as a Senator candidate for Penang-thus confirming his candidature;
Update: Mansur has been announced as PKR’s official candidate just now by PKR’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim at Yayasan Aman around 11.00pm. About 1000 supporters/on lookers were reportedly around;
2. Aminah -ex-PKR Penang Women Chief, who left with Ezam;
As to the 3rd candidate we reported earlier from PRM, PRM’s Penang Chief Gary Nair just told Mafrel that it was just a `publicity stunt’! (Exclusive news!)
There may be other candidates-so keep your eyes open.
Anyway the election minus BN could be interesting to showcase the post-BN electoral democracy! Let’s see if there could be improvement in terms of democratic conducts:
1. Would there be open candidates debates? BN candidates are very scared of open debates-so there has been few such debates, usually challenged by the Opposition parties. Now that PKR is the Incumbent/ruling party in Penang would PKR develope the `kiasu’ disease of BN candidates?
2. Would PKR who control the local council (MPSP) allow Council buildings to be open to political campaign by all candidates?
3. Would PKR candidate buy votes with government giveaways-which the party did do in Permatang Pauh, Kuala Terengganu-though to much smaller extent than BN candidates; Even at smaller extent this would disadvantage the non-party Independent candidate this time;
4. Would any Pakatan state government officials drive to the campaign with government vehicles eg as had happened before and reported by Mafrel in this web site here?
5. Would the candidates spend within the legal limits of RM100 000.00 per candidate? How would an election atmosphere be if the spending limit is voluntarily adopted? How to run a campaign within such a limit for all candidates?
Let’s keep an eye on all the election conduct which may be herald the kind of election conduct should Pakatan takes over federally.