JOHOR BARU: A record number of 239 candidates, including 16 Independents, will be contesting the 56 seats in the Johor election, says Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh (pic).
The Election Commission (EC) chairman added that among the parties that would be contesting in the state election were Barisan Nasional, Perikatan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang), Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), Parti Warisan, Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM), Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra).
“Two seats, which are Tiram and Kempas, will see seven-cornered fights, while the rest would see between three and six-cornered fights,” he said in a press conference held at Persada Convention Centre here Saturday (Feb 26).
Abdul Ghani also said that out of the 239 candidates, 202 were men while 37 were women.
He added that the oldest candidate is a 71-year-old contesting in Bukit Permai while the youngest are two 26-year-old candidates in Mengkibol and Tangkak, respectively.