KOTA BARU: PAS candidate Ahmad Fathan Mahmood said the party was confident of winning the Chempaka state seat, and whether it can get more votes than in previous years was not a priority.
The 42-year-old imam of Masjid Kampung Baung said higher majority victory than that of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was not important.
"Winning the state seat is. That is why it is important for the voters in the Chempaka constituency to come out in full force on polling day to carry out their rights," Ahmad Fathan told reporters at the Mentri Besar's residence here yesterday.
He said there was a likelihood of PAS getting more votes than the party did previously, but this would solely depend on the turnout.
"Those registered in the Chempaka state seat and outstation voters must come home to vote on March 22," he said. "And, it is an Islamic thing to do."
Four independent candidates are facing Ahmad Fathan. They are former Kelantan Perkasa secretary Shariff Mahmood, retired Health Department staff Aslah Mamat, architect Izat Bukhari Ismail Bukhari and Pertubuhan Keturunan Paduka Raja Cik Siti Wan Kembang president Tengku Fadzilah Hussin.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Nik Aziz, the former Kelantan Menteri Besar, of prostate cancer on Feb 12.