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PAS-Umno accord to include common election symbol

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — July 25, 2019: The accord between Umno and PAS to be inked in September will likely see some major tactical manoeuvres, including a common symbol the two parties and their allies will use in future elections.

An Umno source said the symbol was a needed optic to show the seriousness and sincerity of the cooperation as well as to appeal for continued support among hardcore members.

“Some of the parties’ staunchest supporters, especially those in the rural areas, may find it very difficult to vote for candidates who are not from their party. The new logo will help solve the problem,” said the source.

In terms of seat allocation for the next general elections, the source said the accord will affirm that PAS and Umno will not contest against each other, with each being given priority at their traditionally known strongholds.

Today’s joint-statement by Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan of PAS stated that besides the political accord, a memorandum of understanding will be signed on September 14.

The parties have agreed to sign the accord and MoU; the respective presidents will sign the documents, read the statement.

The move by Umno and PAS could potentially tighten their grip on the 101 parliamentary constituencies with more than 60 per cent Malays and Bumiputera electorates.

Parties that won in parliamentary constituencies with more than 60 per cent Malays and Bumiputera electorates in GE14

 

 

Umno

45

Pas

18

PKR

20

Bersatu

10

Amanah

8

Total

101

The component parties of Pakatan Harapan opted to contest GE14 in May last year using the PKR logo after the Registrar of Societies didn’t approve the coalition’s application to be registered. Instead the approval came only after it had won the elections.

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