JOHOR BARU: PKR’s party elections in Johor will continue as planned on Sunday despite issues with the e-voting system that the polls in Kedah and Penang encountered.
State chief Hassan Karim, who is also Pasir Gudang MP, said that so far there were no indication that the party elections would be postponed.
“We have many members nationwide and the e-voting system makes it much easier instead of reverting to ballot papers, which is time-consuming and requires a lot of manpower.
“This system is still new and of course there might be some issues in the beginning.
“I urge PKR members to be patient because this is a change and we must adapt to it,” he added.
He also said if the e-voting system was a success, he would not be surprised to see that one day, Malaysia would use a similar system for future general elections.
Hassan said this when met during Johor Baru district-level Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) second phase project’s group voting held here.
He added that he advised several PKR divisions in the state to get security assistance from the police at the polls this Sunday.
Hassan reminded PKR members in Johor to always be discipline and not to act foolishly as the whole country was watching them.
“We should not behave like we are still in the opposition because PKR is the biggest bloc within Pakatan Harapan with 56 parliamentary seats; we are a government party.
“I hope our members can keep a cool head and prevent any confrontation from happening,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tebrau MP Steven Choong Shiau Yoon urged the party’s election committee to stop and postpone the use of the e-voting system for the polls on Sunday.
Choong, who is Tebrau PKR division chief, said the move was necessary following the unpleasant incidents and ensuing complaints in Penang and Kedah.
“I hope the election committee can also give proper training to those involved in the election process, including those on duty,” he said.
Choong said PKR’s use of the e-voting in Penang last week ended unpleasantly with some problems.
“These issues should be taken seriously so that the problem does not occur in other places,” he said, urging that polling in the state to be postponed until all teething problems with the e-voting system have been ironed out.
Choong suggested that the manual voting system should be used just as a contingency plan.
It was earlier reported that PKR’s e-voting at the Kedah party polls last week got off to a controversial start with fracas and claims of sabotage.
In George Town, PKR members urged the party to clarify the confusion and problems concerning to the e-voting system.
Meanwhile, PKR polls in Johor will be an exciting one as more than 500 candidates are expected to contest various party positions.
Almost all the 26 divisions will see contest for the division chief post, except for four divisions namely Pasir Gudang, Penggerang, Tanjung Piai and Tenggara.
Gelang Patah and Simpang Renggam are hotly contested seats with five and four candidates respectively vying for the division chief post.