ROMPIN: The name of Pakatan Harapan candidate Mohd Fadzli Mohd Ramly will still be on the ballot papers for the Tioman election come polling day on Dec 7.
This is despite reports that Mohd Fadzli has made way for Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Hussain to increase the coalition’s chances of winning.
According to the Election Commission, Mohd Fadzli’s name would still be printed on the ballot papers.
Pahang Election Commission (EC) director Datuk Zamree Hamli told Bernama that the status of candidates could not be changed after their nominations were accepted.
Zamree said Mohd Fadzli, who is from Amanah, a component party in Pakatan, could continue to campaign and electors could also vote for him during polling on Dec 7.
“EC only provides a venue for candidates to contest. Their decision to make way for others is based on their own political considerations,” he said.
In a statement yesterday, Amanah said Pakatan’s decision to make way for Barisan was consistent with efforts to strengthen the Pahang and federal unity governments.
Polling for the Tioman state seat under the 15th General Election (GE15) was postponed to Dec 7 after Perikatan Nasional candidate Md Yunus Ramli, 61, died on polling day on Nov 19, believed to be due to a heart attack.
Mohd Fadzli is in a five-cornered fight with Mohd Johari, Osman A Bakar (Pejuang), Sulaiman Bakar (Independent) and Nor Idayu Hashim (Perikatan), who replaced Md Yunus.
Tioman has 28,465 voters, comprising 28,200 ordinary voters, 262 police personnel and three absentee voters abroad.