PUTRAJAYA - Umno and most of the Barisan Nasional component parties have submitted a shortlist of candidates for the 14th general election and have handed the list to the party and coalition leaderships for consideration, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The choice of candidates is ultimately the prerogative of party president and coalition chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, the Umno vice-president and Barisan deputy chairman.
“Datuk Seri Najib has the answer (on who will be Barisan’s candidates).
“Nonetheless, Umno will have more new and women candidates this time around,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Star.
The interview at his office here covered a range of subjects including Umno’s preparedness for GE14.
Asked to confirm talk that all state Umno had come up with a list of three names for each seat the party wants to contest, Dr Ahmad Zahid said: “Why three names for each seat, why not five?”
“No, it is the party leadership who will do the shortlist, not the state.”
He added that most state Umno had submitted their lists.
He also said Umno and Barisan had an independent body looking into the issue of