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Monday, 26 May 2014

Some PKR folk want vote nullified

PETALING JAYA: A group of disgruntled grassroots members are demanding to nullify the entire PKR election results, claiming the electoral process was not free, fair and transparent.

Claiming flaws and irregularities, they called on the PKR leadership to hold fresh polls after reforming the electoral system.

The group submitted the memorandum to the party headquarters on May 14, and staged a protest outside the party headquarters on Wednes-day night when no action was not taken on their complaints.

The party had, in response, sacked Setiawangsa PKR chief Ahmad Jufliz Faiza, who was instrumental in preparing the memorandum.

Jufliz said there were close to 900 written complaints against irregularities in the party polls.

“Similar complaints had been lodged in the 2010 party election with evidence, but no action was taken,” said Jufliz, a lawyer.

Among the complaints highlighted in the memorandum is failure of the election supervisors to secure voters’ right to secrecy as the marking of the ballot papers was done in full view of polling agents and event candidates.

They claimed that polling agents and candidates had assisted voters to mark the ballot papers in at least 10 divisions.

In many other divisions, voters were allegedly forced to accept the chai (list of preferred candidates) handed over by supporters fishing for votes.

It was also highlighted in the memorandum that a DAP member had acted as polling agent, and had allegedly harassed voters to accept his chai.

They also claimed to have video footage showing drunkards kicking a ballot box and hitting a victim with a chair during the Kota Raja division election. Scuffles also erupted at polling centres in Kuala Langat, Gombak and Kuala Selangor.

In Tambun, Perak, a complainant had made a statutory declaration claiming that he had received RM50 to vote for a certain candidate.

Elections in Kuala Langat and Klang were called off when many voters were allegedly denied the right to vote. Their names were in the central electoral roll but not in the roll held by election supervisors.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had warned of action against those participating in a protest demanding for free and fair election.

PKR election objection panel chairman Malek Hussin said they had arranged for hearing sessions to listen to the grouses.

PKR election committee chairman Datuk Johari Abdul had said that 35 divisions and wings would hold fresh polls from May 31 to June 22.

Tags / Keywords: Politics , Government , PKR election irregularities , flaw , Jufliz Faiza , memorandum , Anwar

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