SHAH ALAM, Feb 25- Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), DAP and PAS leaders have completed their negotiations on the allocation of over 700 parliamentary and state seats up for contest in the 13th general election
(GE13), according to PAS election director Dr Hatta Ramli. He said the parties were also fully prepared to face the GE13 and would ensure that all seats would at least see a straight fight between the opposition
and the Barisan Nasional (BN).
“A total of 798 parliamentary and state seats will be contested by the opposition pact this time around.
“The allocation of over 700 seats among the opposition parties has also been completed,” he said at the fourth Opposition Pact Convention here today.
In the 2008 general election, the opposition pact denied the BN a two-third majority in Parliament, with the PKR taking 31 seats, DAP 27 and PAS 23.
The opposition also managed to take over four other states, namely Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah, while maintaining power in Kelantan. However, the BN managed to regain control of the Perak government after three of the opposition’s elected assemblymen (two from PKR and one from DAP) quit their parties and became BN-friendly independent representatives. Meanwhile, DAP election director Tan Kok Wai said that in view of the upcoming general election, the opposition parties’ election machineries would also move as one entity where all campaigning would be coordinated at the
national, parliamentary and state levels.
Tan’s sentiment was shared by PKR election director Azmin Ali who said that the opposition pact was ready for the final push to garner votes in the upcoming general election.