The Straits Times
Published on Apr 18, 2013

Malaysia GE13: 754 nomination forms taken for 82 state, parliamentary seats in Johor


JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): With just a day left to nomination day, a total of 754 forms have been purchased by aspiring candidates for 82 state and parliamentary seats in the state.

State Election Commission director Rokiah Hanum Ibrahim said that this was a lot of forms purchased for 26 parliamentary and 56 state seats.

"Maybe some of the candidates and their representatives had purchased multiple forms just in case they made mistakes when filling them up," she told The Star.

Asked whether it was Barisan Nasional or the opposition that had purchased more forms, Ms Rokiah said that the commission did not keep such records.

"Anyway may be people who want to stand as independent may also want to purchase the forms which are sold at RM20 (S$8.15) per set," she added.

She reminded aspiring candidates to remember that the deposit for a parliamentary seat was RM10,000 while a state seat was RM5,000.

"They will also have to place a deposit of RM5,000 (Parliament) and RM3,000 (state) to put up their election paraphernalia during the campaign period," she said, adding that candidates who failed to get at least one-eighth of the total number of votes within the constituency would have their deposits forfeited.

She also reminded aspiring candidates to refer to the reference book for candidates about the criteria for qualidfication.

Among others, candidates cannot be bankrupt, must be a Malaysian and be of sound mind.