State PKR leaders will meet soon to discuss on whether the party will be contesting in the Tanjung Datu by-election.
This was revealed by state PKR chairman Baru Bian when asked to comment on whether the party would contest in the by-election following the sudden demise of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who was the assemblyman for the constituency.
“The state PKR leaders will meet soon and after that I will make a public statement,” he told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.
The Election Commission must call for a by-election for Tanjung Datu within 90 days from the date of notification on its vacancy in accordance with the provisions of Article 21(5) of the Sarawak Constitution.
Meanwhile, state PAS chief Jofri Jaraiee said it was highly likely that the party would not be contesting in the by-election.
“We will most likely not contest there (Tanjung Datu) as a sign of respect to the late (Datuk Patinggi) Adenan who was a chief minister who always had the people’s interest at heart,” he disclosed.
He also cited the looming 14th General Election as another reason for the party not to contest.
“The general election is approaching and we need to focus on the parliamentary constituency,” he said.
In the last state election, Adenan retained Tanjung Datu seat with a comfortable win of 6,360 votes over PKR’s Jazolkipli Numan who only managed to poll 468 votes.
The former had helmed the seat since 2006.
Source : @ The Borneo Post Online