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Home"Three-Corner Fight Anticipated in Pulai and Simpang Jeram By-Elections as Candidates Gear...

“Three-Corner Fight Anticipated in Pulai and Simpang Jeram By-Elections as Candidates Gear Up for the Race”

The upcoming Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections are poised for a competitive three-way contest for both seats. In the Pulai parliamentary seat, candidates include Suhaizan Kaiat from Pakatan Harapan (PH), Zulkifli Jaafar from Perikatan Nasional (PN), and Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi, an independent candidate and the president of the Kuala Lumpur Consumer Safety Association.

Meanwhile, in the Simpang Jeram state seat, the contenders are Nazri Abdul Rahman from PH, Dr. Mohd Mazri Yahya from PN, and S. Jeghanaathan, an independent candidate.

To ensure a smooth nomination process, a substantial number of 3,500 police personnel were deployed at the two nomination centers. Barriers and barbed wire were installed to keep supporters of the political parties separate and prevent any potential conflicts.

Supporters of the respective political parties gathered around 50 meters away from the nomination centers as early as 7am to show their backing for their preferred candidates. The atmosphere at the centers was vibrant and colorful, with supporters cheering and displaying banners and flags.

The Pulai parliamentary by-election nomination center was set up at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim in Johor Bahru, while the Simpang Jeram state by-election center was located at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim in Muar. The nomination process occurred between 9am and 10am.

The Election Commission (EC) has scheduled the polling day for both by-elections on September 9, with early voting taking place on September 5. The campaigning period will span 14 days, starting after the EC’s announcement of the contesting candidates and concluding at 11.59pm on September 8.

For the Pulai parliamentary by-election, there are 166,653 eligible voters, and for the Simpang Jeram state seat, there are 40,379 eligible voters. The electoral roll used for these by-elections is the latest supplementary roll, updated as of July 23.

These by-elections were necessitated by the vacant Pulai parliamentary seat and Simpang Jeram state seat, resulting from the passing of the incumbent, Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub. The Amanah deputy president and former Domestic Trade and Cost of Living minister passed away on July 23 due to a brain haemorrhage.