KUALA LUMPUR - Six candidates are contesting the three vice-president's posts during the PAS party polls next month.
Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, who had earlier showed interest in contesting for the deputy president's post, has instead decided to vie for the vice-president's seat.
Mohd Amar will face five other hopefuls - incumbent vice-presidents Datuk Husam Musa and Salahuddin Ayub, party information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Selangor PAS chief Iskandar Abdul Samad and ulama leader Idris Ahmad.
The party's 61st muktamar, scheduled to be held from June 3 to June 6, is expected to be a heated affair as the elections for the 2015-2017 party posts will likely see a clash between the pro-ulama and the professional groups.
As for the president's post, it will be a straight fight between incumbent Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and veteran Ahmad Awang.
Incumbent deputy president Mohamad Sabu, will face a challenge from party vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
Nik Mohd Abduh Nik Aziz, the son of the late Kelantan mentri besar, will challenge Suhaizan Kaiat for the Youth chief post.
The Muslimat chief's post will see a straight fight between incumbent Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff and former Muslimat chief Nuridah Salleh.
Elections committee chairman Asmuni Awi who announced the candidacies yesterday also advised all candidates to show respect towards each other and not resort to personal attacks.
He said the elections committee will make an immediate announcement on the winners for all key posts on polling day itself as a measure to stop any accusations of vote-rigging.
"We do not want anyone to accuse us of trying to delay the results," Asmuni said.
In Kota Baru, Mohd Amar said his decision to concentrate only on the vice president post was in respect of Tuan Ibrahim who had received the highest number of nominations to challenge the incumbent.
By contesting for the vice-presidency, Mohd Amar said, he is offering to play a role as a second echelon leader to ensure that PAS continues to be led by ulamas.
He added that he made the decision to join the fray after getting the second highest number of nominations after Idris.
He received 47 nominations after Idris's 79. Salahuddin received 46 nominations and Husam 12.
The 56-year-old politician is a graduate from Birmingham University in Theological studies.