MIRI: At least three political parties have already collected their nomination forms to contest in the Miri parliamentary seat, indicating a multi-cornered is on the cards in this urban hot seat.
On Thursday morning, Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) leaders here bought their nomination form on behalf of the Barisan Nasional coalition.
SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting, vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin and information chief Adam Yii collected the nomination form from the Election Commission's Miri returning officer, Morshidi Federick.
Lee, who is the election director for Miri SUPP, said the name of the SUPP-BN candidate will be announced in due time by state and national Barisan leaders.
"We are here to buy the nomination form to signify that we are ready for the polls, and to win back Miri for Barisan," he said.
Miri United Peoples Party (UPP) chief Bruce Chai and Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) incumbent Miri MP Teo Yu Keng have already collected their nomination forms.
Teo has indicated his intention to defend the seat he won in the 2013 polls, when he defeated SUPP candidate Ting by a 1,994-vote majority.
There is talk that Sarawak PKR state chairman Baru Bian may be fielded in place of Teo, as the latter has received come criticism over his performance as Miri MP.
Ting, the state assemblyman for Piasau, is tipped to be the SUPP-BN candidate again for Miri in GE14.