SEREMBAN — Nov. 16, 2018: A by-election will be held for the Rantau state seat in Negri Sembilan after a Special Election Court today ruled as null and void the unopposed election of Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan in the 14th general elections in May.
The petitioner was Dr S. Streram of PKR who was barred by the returning officer from submitting his nomination papers.
The court decided that there is no election rule that says a candidate, proposer and seconder should have a tag or pass to submit the nomination form. This was acknowledged by the second and third respondents in their written submissions, said judge Datuk Azimah Omar
Streram, who was denied entry to submit his nomination form due to not having a tag or pass, had named Mohamad, the former NS mentri besar, as the first respondent; Rembau constituency returning officer Amino Agus Suyub as the second respondent and Election Commission as the third respondent.
Hence, the court allowed the petition and ruled that Mohamad was not duly elected as assemblyman. It also ordered that a by-election be held immediately.
Mohamad, who is Umno deputy president, won the seat unopposed after Streram was prohibited from entering the nomination centre on April 28.
In his petition, Streram said that the EC had failed to inform him when collecting the nomination form and making the deposit payment that he had to have a name tag or pass to enter the nomination centre. — Bernama