Selangor polls: PH-BN seat nego completed, says MB

09 Jul 2023 03:08pm
Amirudin Shari
Amirudin Shari
SHAH ALAM - The seat distribution between Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) for the upcoming state elections has been completed with BN allocated more than 20 per cent of the 56 seats contested, said Selangor PH chairman Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

Amirudin, who is also the Selangor Menteri Besar, said the seat distribution was agreed upon by PH chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

"Therefore, the remaining seats will be contested by PH candidates and this will be decided after taking into account the seats held by the party before the dissolution of the state assembly.

"The current political situation, latest strength between parties in the Unity Government coalition as well as the accessibility to combine the strengths of both parties are among the factors in determining the seat distribution,” he said during an exclusive interview with Bernama.

Taking into account all these factors, Amirudin said the distribution was well-received by both parties.

Previously, BN was reported to be aiming to contest at least 14 seats in the polls, taking into account PH's position which won 16 of the 22 parliamentary seats in Selangor in the 15th General Election (GE15) in November last year.

In the GE14 in 2018, BN won four state seats, namely Sungai Air Tawar, Sungai Burong, Sungai Panjang and Hulu Bernam before wresting the Semenyih seat from PH in the 2019 by-election.

Regarding the candidates to be fielded by PH, Amirudin said the list is still being studied and needs several more series of discussions at the state level before the candidates with the winning criteria and be able to maintain the momentum of the service of PH's representatives throughout the administration of the state are finalised.

He also gave assurance that in addition to retaining the incumbents, PH will also introduce several new faces including representatives of women, youth, politicians and professionals.
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"As I have mentioned before, we will try to balance between candidates who have long contributed to the constituency or locality they represent and also, at the same time, introduce new faces, for the continuity of the PH administration in Selangor,” he said.

Selangor has a total of 3,747,057 voters and will hold polls simultaneously with five other states, namely Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang and Negeri Sembilan on Aug 12.

In GE14, Selangor PH secured 51 seats, followed by BN and PAS with four and one seat respectively.

The composition of the state assembly before the dissolution of the state assembly sees PH holding 40 seats (PKR-19, DAP-15, Amanah-six), BN (five), Bersatu (four), Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) (two), while PAS, Pejuang, and Warisan have one each, along with one Independent representative.

Another seat in Batang Kali, however, was declared vacant after the elected representative failed to attend the assembly sitting for over six months. - Bernama

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