Tok Mat: I was merely voicing concerns about Rantau by-election dates

SEREMBAN: Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan was merely voicing concerns from the ground, when he said the Election Commission may have deliberately delayed the  nomination and polling dates for the Rantau by-election.

The Barisan Nasional candidate for the state seat said the party's supporters were perplexed as to why the EC fixed March 30 for nomination and April 13 for polling, when they met and announced the dates on March 6.

"The norm is that the nomination date would be fixed the next or the following week after the EC meeting.

"But for the Rantau by-election, the nomination was fixed on March 30 and this was a little later than usual," he said. 

Mohamad, also known as Tok Mat, was however glad that EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun had denied that the move was deliberate and said that the body was not influenced by any political parties or motives.

Azhar said the EC has always carried out its duties and responsibilities professionally and without siding with any parties in any elections.

Mohamad was quoted earlier as saying that the EC may have deliberately delayed the Rantau by-election to stop Barisan's winning streak, following its victories at the Cameron Highlands and Semenyih polls.

Mohamad thanked Azhar for the explanation and expressed hope that as a body whose members were appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the EC would continue to remain impartial.