It will only be a straight fight between :Mohd Isa Samad (Umno) and Zulkefly Mohd Omar (PAS). The 3rd candidate did not materialise as he had reportedly not bought the nomination forms as of last night by SPR. When he submitted his paper this morning his seconder was found out to be not a local voter. Supporters for both sides seems equal in strength and remain unaffected by an early downpour.
The negative reports so far have been the allegation and police reports that some UMNO politicians had been punched, allegedly by PAS supporters, and that there were some bottle throwing across the party divide. These persistent development should tell SPR to extend the nomination period so that the different parties have no more excuse to face off each other and creat unnecessary tension. With such high tension the security forces would justify its oversized presence-and following from that, weigh heavily on the public’s coffer.
The question to ask: is there any point for the parties to challenge each other with their supports’ number on nomination day? If they want to show their support -they might as well show it most meaningfully through the ballot box. Afterall the size of supporters speak little -but waste a lot. Most of the supporters are from outside the constituency anyway!
If they enjoy hanging out together the parties can have their own separate gatherings -thus avoiding the tension that may arise. The security forces then don’t need to be deployed in the way they have been doing.
Similarly extending the objection period to eg 1 week, will allow greater scrutiny by the voters. Which is actually the voters’ rights as guaranteed in the Constitution. This right has long been ignored at the voters’ own peril.