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Sarawak Polls: DAP Says Will Pull Out Of Batu Kitang If PKR Withdraws Five Candidates

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP will withdraw its candidate from the Batu Kitang seat if PKR agrees to withdraw five candidates from conflicting seats.

The party’s national organising secretary Anthony Loke (pic) said the only way a middle ground could be achieved at this point is if PKR agreed to withdraw its candidates despite their names being on the ballot papers.

“As of 2013, there is no withdrawal period. Last time candidates had three days after nominations to withdraw, now they can’t.

“It means that once you are successfully nominated, your name will be on the ballot paper,” he said.

Loke added that the only way forward is for PKR to make an announcement with regard to withdrawing its candidates and did not campaign.

“If they do that, we will also do the same. If five of their candidates who are going against us can withdraw, then we will withdraw and not stand in Batu Kitang,” he said.

The Seremban MP, however, added that he did not foresee such a scenario as PKR had changed its mind at the very last minute.

“When it comes to contesting, there are a lot of things to do, the candidates need to prepare themselves because it’s a very serious process.

“Yet until the last minute, they were making changes,” he said.

Loke also pointed out that DAP had honoured its end of the agreement and that the party had instructed its Batu Kitang candidate Abdul Aziz Isa to file his nomination papers only after PKR made a final decision of the seats to be contested.

DAP will go against PKR in six seats in the 11th Sarawak state election.

The seats are Mambong, Ngemah, Siamanggang, Murum, Mulu and Bukit Kitang.- The Star Online

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