KUANTAN: A person not linked to any political party is the first to buy a set of nomination forms for the coming Rompin parliamentary by-election.
In revealing this, Pahang Elections Commission deputy director (operations) Mohd Zukri Sidek said the individual bought the forms at the EC office at Wisma Persekutuan here on Tuesday.
Mohd Zukri said anyone interested in taking part in the by-election could also buy the forms at the Rompin district office from now.
“Any person can buy the forms by paying a minimal fee. However the deposit for (standing in) a parliamentary constituency is RM10,000.
“We will sell the forms to whoever is interested. It is not a must-fill form,” he said after observing preparation for the by-election yesterday.
Mohd Zukri said indelible ink to be used in the by-election would arrive before the start of polling while other equipment would be transported from the EC headquarters in Putrajaya.
He said an operations centre would open today at the Rompin Silver Jubilee Hall.
The parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash on April 4 near Semenyih.
Nomination for the by-election has been set for April 22 and polling on May 5.
Mohd Zukri said records showed that 53,294 voters were eligible to vote, comprising 19,561 in Bukit Ibam, 17,394 in Muadzam Shah and 16,339 in Tioman. An additional 260 policemen and 285 army personnel are early voters with five absentee voters as they are overseas.