January 26, 2004 19:57 PM
By Harlina Samson
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- A total of 29 political parties have so far registered with the Election Commission (EC).
EC Public Relations Officer Saleki Ahmad Januri said the list was the latest for the General Election which could be called at any time.
The registration of these parties with the EC was with a view to alloting them with symbols which they could use in the General Election, Saleki said.
He said the 14-party Barisan Nasional would use the "scale" symbol in the election.
Hence BN component parties such as Umno, the MCA and the MIC were not in the register as they all used the "scale" symbol, Saleki said.
Malaysia will hold its 11th General Election this year. The last General Election was in November 1999.
The symbols of the various parties can be found in the EC website which was updated on Jan 19.
The political parties which are registered with the EC are:
1. Barisan Nasional (BN) (National Front)
2. Barisan Jema'ah Islamiah SeMalaysia (BERJASA)
3. Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan)
4. Parti Kebangsaan Sarawak (SNAP) ( Sarawak National Party)
5. Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB)
6. People's Progressive Party (PPP)
7. Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak (SUPP) (Sarawak United People's Party)
8. Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) (Pan Malaysian Islamic Party)
9. Parti Kongres Indian Muslim Malaysia (KIMMA)
10. Partai Pekerja-pekerja Malaysia
11. Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)
12. Parti Tindakan Democratic (DAP) (Democratic Action Party)
13. Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Pasok Nunkragang Bersatu (PASOK)
14. Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS)
15. Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)
16. Parti Momogun Kebangsaan Sabah (MOMOGUN) (Sabah National Momogun Party)
17. Parti Kongres Penyatuan Masyarakat
18. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (AKAR) Sabah
19. Parti Liberal Demokratik Sabah (LDP)
20. Parti Barisan Rakyat Sabah Bersekutu (BERSEKUTU)
21. Parti Keadilan Nasional (Keadilan) (National Keadilan Party)
22. Parti Demokratik Setiahati Kuasa Rakyat Bersatu Sabah (SETIA)
23. Parti Maju Sabah
24. Parti Reformasi Negeri (STAR)
25. United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO)
26. Parti Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (AKIM)
27. Parti Demokratik Malaysia (MDP) (Malaysian Democratic Party)
28. Parti Barisan Kemajuan India Se-Malaysia (AMIPF) and
29. Parti Punjabi Malaysia
Based on the Report of the 1999 General Election issued by the EC, a total of 813 candidates from seven parties -- BN, PAS, DAP, Keadilan, MDP, PRM, AKIM and Independents contested for state seats in the peninsula.
In the case of Parliament, 417 candidates from 10 parties -- BN, PAS, Keadilan, DAP, PBS, MDP, STAR, PRM, AKIM, BERJASA and Independents stood for seats in the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House).
Candidate from only five parties -- BN, PAS, Keadilan, DAP and the PBS won seats.
Saleki said the EC had approved 20 symbols for use by Independent candidates in the coming election.
The symbols for Independents are: key, cock, bus, bicycle, book, typewriter, scissors, tiger head, fish, alarm clock, aeroplane, shoe, chair, umbrella, oil palm tree, top, pipe, telephone, tractor and kite.