KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president hopeful Nurul Izzah Anwar (pic) has criticised the numbering system in the ongoing party election, describing it as “troublesome”.
Speaking to the reporters here, the Lembah Pantai MP explained that the new system was more complicated compared to the conventional system used in general elections.
The party now uses a numbering system under which voters have to jot down the number assigned to a candidate without any photos or names stated in the ballot papers.
She said there should be continuity between the party election and the general election.
"When there are no names and photos of the candidates in the ballot papers, there’s no emotional attachment, unlike the previous election.
“It is troublesome as the voters have to memorise the numbers and the process takes a longer time, especially for the elderly and disabled voters,” she said when met at the Lembah Pantai polling station on Saturday.
Although the shortcomings are expected as it is not easy to handle, Nurul Izzah said the election committee responsible should review the system.
Nurul Izzah, who is currently leading the vice-presidency race, also admitted that it was tough for her running mate, secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to catch up in the deputy presidency race.
Saifuddin is now placed last, behind incumbent Azmin Ali, who is Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“It is going to be tough as he is dealing with two giants. Besides, he was barred from entering Sabah and Sarawak to campaign, that affected his chances,” she said.
Nurul Izzah however remained optimistic that Saifuddin still has a chanche to win as there are 17 divisions that have to go for re-voting.
“It was difficult for me to actually choose to be running mate with anyone. If you know, in 2010 I was a neutral party but I still am in many ways.
“However, I prefer a leader who does not have any position such as Mentri Besar or elected representatives because he can fully focus on party duties.
“I prefer a deputy president who can focus his whole time in the office,” she said.
According to official results released Friday, Azmin now leads the No 2 race with 9,876 votes, followed by Khalid with 6,217 votes and Saifuddin with 5,717 votes.
The PKR election was expected to end Sunday with Selangor going to the polls but the re-voting has been fixed on May 17 and 18.
Official results are expected to be released on May 20.