Who BN has to thank if it wins in Johor
While BN may be unpopular among voters, the participation of numerous smaller parties may swing things in its favour on election day.
(MalaysiaNow) – With just four days to go before the Johor state election, the odds seem to favour Barisan Nasional (BN) emerging victorious.
For the first time in Johor, 10 political parties and coalitions along with numerous independent candidates will be contesting for a spot in the 56-seat legislative assembly.
In total there are 239 electoral candidates which means the margin for victory will be very slim among the contenders.
While the two main contenders are BN and Pakatan Harapan, the numerous other political parties play a crucial role in determining the results.
In fact, BN should be grateful to parties like Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM), Muda, Warisan and others as indirectly, they are strategically assisting in splitting the opposition votes.
This is similar to what happened in Melaka where Perikatan Nasional (PN) caused a split in votes.
With this split in votes, BN actually only won 38% of the popular vote, but managed to grab nearly two-thirds of the seats. PH got 37% and PN managed 25%.