PETALING JAYA: Campaigning has started for an election where voters in six Peninsula states will choose a total of 245 state assemblymen on August 12.
The six states - Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan - did not hold their state polls in tandem with the 15th General Election (GE15) last year.
The last time voters in these six states elected their assemblymen was during GE14 in 2018.
Billed as a clash between the Unity Government pact comprising Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) with Perikatan Nasional (PN), a total of 12 parties are contesting this time around, a drop from 16 in GE14.
The election in the six states will have 9.78mil eligible voters, up 41.5% from the 6.91mil in GE14.
Of the 9.78mil voters, those aged between 21-29 years old made up the biggest group at 2.17 million or 22%:
A total of 570 candidates are contesting this time around, down 29% from 803.
Here are the candidates for the six states:
The majority or 87.5% of the candidates are men, while 12.5% are women.
Of the 245 seats, 180 or 73% are straight fights between the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional pact an Perikatan Nasional.
The remaining 65 seats will see multi-cornered fights:
Here is how the multi-cornered fights are spread out in each of the six states in GE14 compared to the coming election: