GEORGE TOWN: Permatang Pauh PKR Youth wing has proposed party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail be the candidate in the Permatang Pauh by-election.
Its Youth chief Mohd Sharmizan Mohd Noor said Dr Wan Azizah was credible and experienced, having served as Opposition leader and a former MP for the constituency.
“She also gets on well with the constituents and is an influential figure in the community.
“She is seen as the unifying factor in Pakatan Rakyat,” he said in a statement.
In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported that Barisan Nasional would take all the necessary steps and measures in the preparation and selection of candidate for the by-election.
“We have to choose a winnable candidate,” said its Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
“We have not started any discussion but normally the candidate selected will be a local because Barisan always gives priority to local candidates who have the qualities of a winnable candidate,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
On Wednesday, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was officially disqualified as Permatang Pauh MP as his petition for a royal pardon by his family on Feb 24 had been rejected.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year prison term after a five-man bench led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria found him guilty of having carnal intercourse with his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Election Commission secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh has said it would convene a special meeting on April 8 to discuss the by-election.
In the 2013 General Election, Anwar retained the Permatang Pauh seat by defeating Barisan’s Dr Mazlan Ismail by an 11,721-vote majority.
This was, however, a reduced margin compared with the 2008 election when Anwar won by a 15,671-vote majority.
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