KUALA KRAI, July 6 — The Manik Urai state by-election scheduled for July 14 will see a straight fight between PAS candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah, 50, and Barisan Nasional candidate Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat, 39.
Tuan Aziz, accompanied by about 10,000 supporters led by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, filed his papers at 9.05am, just minutes after the nomination centre at the Dewan Petra, Sekolah Menengah Sultan Yahya Petra 1 here was opened at 9am.
Mohd Fauzi, 50, also with about 10,000 supporters led by PAS spiritual leader and Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, submitted his papers at 9.17am.
Returning Officer Adnan Hussin received the nomination papers.
Parti Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (AKIM) president Hanafi Mamat, who was said to be contesting in the by-election, did not turn up for the nomination process.
The by-election is being held following the death of incumbent assemblyman Ismail Yaacob of PAS on May 22 of a heart attack.
In the 2008 general election, Ismail won the seat with a majority of 1,352 votes, beating BN's Mohamed Zulkifli Omar.This is the first by-election in Kelantan and the sixth in the country after the 12th general election in March last year.
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