NOMINATION day in Kuala Terengganu dawned with clear skies instead of the usual morning drizzle common during the monsoon season.
With roadblocks in place, the police were at their stations on roads leading to the nomination centre at Stadium Negeri by 5am.
Supporters of the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat had gathered at their respective meeting points: the menteri besar’s residence at Seri Iman for the BN, and the Batu Bersurat roundabout for the opposition. Both marched for about one kilometre from opposite directions towards the stadium, where they were kept apart by a 100m buffer zone behind police barricades.
As the BN and PAS candidates filed into the stadium accompanied by their respective party VIPs, their supporters cheered and shouted from behind the lines, while Federal Reserve Unit personnel kept close watch.
Nominations proceeded without any scuffles breaking out on the street.
Politicians from both sides mingled and chatted like old friends in the stadium compound while waiting for the Election Commission returning officer to announce the official candidates.
At 11:35am, a three-corner fight was announced between the BN’s Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, 46, PAS’s Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, 52, and independent Azharudin Mamat, 45.
Kuala Terengganu’s 80,229 voters will cast their ballots on 17 Jan 2009.
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