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Male-dominated Melaka polls to mark second pandemic election

Of the 112 candidates being fielded, 96 are men.

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The Melaka election on Nov 20 will see a total of 112 candidates contesting for the 28 seats in the state legislative assembly, in the second election to be held since the start of the pandemic early last year.

The overwhelming majority – 96 – are men with only 16 women candidates.

Barisan Nasional, Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan are each contesting all 28 seats while Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia or Putra is fielding candidates in five seats.

Parti Perikatan India Muslim Nasional or Iman is fielding one candidate while 22 independents will also be in the running.

The polls will see a total of 11 three-cornered fights, nine four-way fights, five five-way fights and three six-way contests.

At 68, BN’s Kalsom Nordin (Pengkalan Batu) is the oldest candidate while 21-year-old Farzana Hayani Mohd Nasir from PH (Sungai Rambai) is the youngest.

The official campaign period will run from today until 11.59pm on Nov 19.

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