SEREMBAN: Rantau assemblyman and three-term Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan was the only candidate to return unopposed nationwide in the general election.
PKR’s candidate for Rantau Dr Streram Sinnansamy was not allowed to enter Dewan Seri Rembau to file his papers.
Otherwise, the nomination process went on smoothly in Negri Sembilan.
Umno’s two-term Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin and Malaysia’s ambassador to Cambodia Datuk Seri Hasan Malek who is incumbent for Kuala Pilah also filed their papers.
Both will be involved in a three-cornered fight with candidates from PKR and PAS.
So will former Works Minister and incumbent Tampin MP Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor, who will be challenged by PAS and PKR.
The DAP’s incumbent for Seremban and birthday boy Anthony Loke, who is contesting under the PKR banner, will take on MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon and PAS’ Sharifuddin Ahmad.
Rasah, which has been an Opposition stronghold since 2008, will see a four-cornered fight.
Here, the DAP’s former assemblyman for Bukit Kepayang Cha Kee Chin will vie for the seat against MCA’s Ng Kian Nam, David Dass Aseerpatham from the People’s Alternative Party (PAP) and PAS’ Mohd Khairil Anuar Mohd Wafa.
This is the only parliament seat in the state being contested by the PAP.
PKR sprang a last-minute surprise in Port Dickson (previously known as Teluk Kemang) when it decided to eventually field 58-year-old Danyal Balagopal Abdullah instead of Teluk Kemang division deputy chief Rosman Jonet.
Barisan will be represented by MIC Information chief Datuk V.S. Mogan, who failed to wrest the seat in 2013, while PAS will field Mahfuz Roslan.
In Jelebu, Barisan will field Umno division chief Datuk Jalaluddin Alias, who was former Pertang assemblyman, while in Jempol, it will be also be represented by Umno division chief Datuk Mohd Salim Sharif.
Both will be challenged by candidates from PAS and PKR.