NST quotes sources as saying a ceremony will be held at PWTC where all candidates will be presented with letters of credentials by BN chief Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: BN is expected to announce its list of candidates for the coming general election in a ceremony to be held at PWTC, departing from its tradition of naming them through their respective parties before nomination day, reported New Straits Times today.

Quoting sources, the daily said the candidates would be handed their letters of credentials by Prime Minister and BN chief Najib Razak during the ceremony at PWTC.

Sources told NST that BN had never done this before, but was breaking with tradition this time round to inject a fighting spirit into candidates to face what has been termed as the “mother of all elections”.

In the last general election, Najib presented letters of credentials to BN candidates through their respective component parties at a ceremony on April 15, 2013 — five days before nomination day.

“However, this time round, it will be done earlier,” a source revealed.

It is learnt that the ceremony will be held depending on when parliament is dissolved, and the date of nomination day, which will be fixed by the Election Commission (EC).

MCA, Gerakan and MIC have announced 15 names to contest in GE14, but Umno has never announced its candidates early.

It was reported yesterday that the list of BN candidates for the election had been finalised.

BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor was quoted as saying that Najib would announce the list “any time”.

In the last general election, BN fielded 33 per cent new faces and won 133 out of the 222 parliamentary seats it contested. Umno won 88 of the 121 seats it contested.