Permatang Pasir nomination day

(The Edge) 10am: Nomination closes for the Permatang Pasir by-election with three candidates. One-hour objection period begins.

9.52am: Independent candidate Kamarul Ramizu Idris arrives at the nomination centre.

9.27am: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Seri Nik Aziz Nik Mat arrives at the nomination centre. Strong police presence with a police helicopter circling above to monitor both sides of the divide, located 500m away and separated by barricades. Many at the nomination centre have face masks on as precaution against H1N1.

9.18am: PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng and Perak Menteri  Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir among those present at nomination centre.

9.03am: PAS' Salleh waits for his turn to file his nomination papers. 

9.01am: BN's Rohaizat first to submit nomination papers.

8.48am: BN's Rohaizat arrives at nomination centre accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, MIC President Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

8.39am: Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrives at the nomination centre.

8.30am: PAS candidate Salleh arrives at the IKBN nomination centre accompanied by PAS Deputy President Nasaruddin Isa and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

PERMATANG PAUH: Nomination for the Aug 25 Permatang Pasir by-election will begin at 9am at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Berapit.

The state seat is one of three seats in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency and the sole PAS state seat in Penang which was won by the late Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman for three terms since 1999.

The remote Permatang Pasir lies within the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency, which has been Anwar and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's stronghold since 1982, while in Barisan Nasional (BN) and in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Prior to 1999, the seat had been held by BN, but fell to PAS during the 1999 general election after Anwar was sacked from office in 1998.

This is the third by-election in the Permatang Pauh constituency and the eighth since the March 8 2008 general election. In the last general election, Mohd Hamdan secured 11,004 votes to defeat BN’s Ahmad Sahar Shuib by a 5,433-vote majority. The Permatang Pasir constituency has 20,290 voters, including one postal voter, comprising Malay (72.36%), Chinese (25.85%), Indian (1.63%) and others (0.16%).

Umno has chosen Rohaizat, 38, a syariah lawyer, who graduated from the International Islamic University while PAS chose its Penang state commissioner Salleh Man, 52, a full time politician and Islamic Studies graduate from Universiti Malaya.

The by-election may also see motivational speaker Kamarul Ramizu Idris, 42, standing as an independent, despite losing his deposits in the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election a few months ago and also the recent Penanti by-election.