Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will defend the Bera seat, National Higher Education Fund Corporation chairman Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said will defend the Kuala Krau seat while Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib will defend the Maran seat.
Ismail Sabri, who won Bera by a 4,313-vote majority in the last general election, is up against PKR's Zakaria Abdul Hamid and an independent, Mohd Wali Alang Ahmad.
Ismail Mohamed, who is facing PAS' Shahril Azman Abd Halim, won the seat by a 5,265-vote majority in the 2008 general election.
Meanwhile, incumbent Maran member of parliament Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib, who won the seat by a 6,641-vote majority in the last general election, is being opposed by PAS' Mujibur Rahman Ishak.
Meanwhile, nine women candidates are contesting in Pahang, BN (three), PKR (two), independent (two), DAP (one) and PAS (one).
They are BN contestants Datuk Maznah Mazlan (Muadzam Shah state seat), Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin (Kuala Sentul state seat) and Nurhidayah Mohamad Shahaimi (Luit state seat); PKR candidates -- Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan Parliament) and Murnie Hidayah Anuar (Paya Besar Parliament), two independents -- Aishaton Abu Bakar (Lipis Parliament) and Dr Cheam May Choo (Tanah Rata state seat), one DAP candidate -- D. Kamache (Sabai state seat) and one PAS candidate -- Nuridah Mohd Salleh (Rompin Parliament).
In the 14 parliament seats up for grabs in the state, the Cameron Highlands seat is locked in a five-way fight, four parliament seats (Lipis, Indera Mahkota, Paya Besar and Bera) are facing three-cornered tussle, while the rest are straight fights.
In the 42 state seats, nine are seeing three-cornered fights, 32 (straight fight) and one (four-way battle). -- Bernama