PEKAN, June 20 2020: The Chini state by-election on July 4 will be a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) and two independent candidates.
Returning officer Datuk Zaliza Zulkipli announced the names of the candidates after the nomination process today at Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN), near here.
They are BN’s Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, will face businessman Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and social activist Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.
Mohd Sharim’s nomination was seconded by Pekan PAS deputy chief Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim, who contested the seat in the last general election in May 2018 but lost to BN’s candidate.
The Election Commission (EC) has set June 30 for early voting.
The Chini by-election was necessitated by the death of the incumbent assemblyman, Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun, 60, of BN on May 6.
In the last general election, Abu Bakar retained the seat with a 4,622-vote majority when he polled 10,027 votes to beat Mohd Fadhil Noor, who obtained 5,405 votes, and Mohamad Razali Ithnain of PKR, who received only 1,065 votes.
The Chini by-election is the 11th by-election to be held since the last general election.