KUCHING: Sarawak Barisan Nasional candidates, in high spirits and confident of easily forming the next government, will log in today to face an array of opponents in probably all 71 state constituencies.
The Barisan candidates who received their certification papers to use the dacing (scale) symbol on Saturday have headed back to their constituencies to finalise their nomination papers to be filed at various centres today.
The opposition parties who have an unwritten electoral pact have also named candidates for 66 seats in the May 20 polls.
As it stood yesterday, the opposition coalition Barisan Bersatu Sarawak made up of the Sarawak National Party, the yet-to-be registered Malaysian Dayak Congress and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have agreed to avoid each other in 54 seats, while the DAP will be contesting 12 seats.
Independent candidates, and PAS too perhaps, are expected to go for the remaining five seats.
Heads of the four Barisan component parties Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) with a 35, 19, nine, and eight seats formula stayed overnight in their constituencies.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is PBB president, opened the Batang Mukah bridge yesterday in his Balingian constituency and will be filing his nomination papers at the district office.
SUPP president Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam is in Miri and will file his papers for the Piasau seat, while PRS president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing and SPDP president Datuk William Mawan Ikom will file their papers for the Baleh and Pakan seats respectively.
A spokesman for the state Election Commission said that preparation for nominations at district offices, schools and community halls had gone smoothly.