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Tuesday November 16, 2010

Animah: Declare polls null and void

PETALING JAYA: PKR disciplinary committee chairman Animah Ferrar has called for party elections to be declared null and void following complaints of vote manipulation and abuse of power.

In a letter to central election committee chairman Dr Molly Cheah, Ani­­mah, who is contending the Wanita PKR chief post, said she also wanted those who flouted election rules and ethics to be disqualified and referred to the disciplinary committee.

“They should be barred from contesting any post for a certain period,” she said, proposing that fresh polls be held instead.

Animah also accused incumbent Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kama­ruddin and her team of abusing their powers by utilising central facilities and infrastructure to garner support and resorting to intimidation, fraud and manipulation.

She claimed that she personally witnessed these acts in Kulim Bandar Baru and Sungai Siput, where Zuraida’s team “snatched and tore off campaign fliers of other candidates”.

“In places where I got more votes, state Wanita leaders (representing Zuraida) made calls to the respective divisions.

“We understand that several Wanita divisions had forwarded complaints to the election committee,” she said, adding that witnesses were also threatened.

Meanwhile, Gombak MP Azmin Ali is almost a sure bet to win the deputy presidential race in the PKR polls, trumping over his rival Mustaffa Kamil Ayub with 14,751 votes so far.

The Perak PKR chief is trailing with 3,401 votes.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said voter turnout for the party elections, which was adopting the one-member one-vote system for the first time, was 8.4% on Sunday, adding that 23,000 members had cast their ballots so far.

He said the figure should hit 27,000 this weekend, and this was much higher than the delegate system adopted by Umno and MCA.

Saifuddin said some 165 divisions had also completed the election process while another 57 would be concluding theirs this weekend.

In the vice-presidency race, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is leading by 11,042, followed by Batu MP Tian Chua (9,524), Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh (7,878) and Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman (7,448).

A close fight is shaping up in the Youth wing, with incumbent chief Shamsul Iskandar Akin garnering 3,981 votes against contender Badrul Hisham Shahrin’s 3,273.

In Wanita PKR, Zuraida is leading with 4,510 votes, followed by Dr Su­­raya Sudin (1,181) and Ferrar (967).

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