Zahid: Mohamad Hasan will contest Rantau by-election

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  • Friday, 16 Nov 2018

PETALING JAYA: Umno will nominate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan to contest the Rantau state seat in a by-election, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.  

He said that the Special Election Court's decision to nullify the GE14 results for the seat on Friday (Nov 16) was expected and that the Barisan Nasional machinery would be fully activated for the impending by-election.  

"Even though we are facing many obstacles and challenges, the Rantau seat must be defended. For our pride and continuity, let Umno/BN unite," he said in a tweet on Friday (Nov 16).  

The Special Election Court ruled as null and void Mohamad's unopposed win during GE14 on May 9.  

Judge Azimah Omar handed down the judgment after having heard arguments from the lawyers of the petitioner Dr S. Streram and Mohamed, the first respondent, over 12 days.  

She said no election rule states that an electoral candidate, proposer and seconder are required to have a tag or pass to submit the nomination form.

Streram, who was denied entry to submit his nomination form due to the absence of a tag or pass, had named Mohamad, the former mentri besar of Negri Sembilan, as the first respondent, Rembau parliamentary constituency returning officer Amino Agus Suyub as the second respondent and the Election Commission as the third respondent.

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