Election petitions: 9 filed in Terengganu and 2 in Johor

  • Nation
  • Friday, 30 Apr 2004

KUALA TERENGGANU: Barisan Nasional has filed one election petition and PAS eight challenging their rivals’ victories in the March 21 general election. 

The petition filed by Barisan is for the Rhu Rendang state seat, won by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. 

Hadi, who is former Mentri Besar, defeated Barisan candidate Datuk Tengku Zainuddin Tengku Zahid by a majority of 1,435 votes. 

Barisan named Abdul Hadi, the returning officer and the Election Commission as respondents. 

PAS filed petitions to nullify Barisan’s wins in four state seats – Jertih, Ladang, Sura and Cukai – and four parliamentary seats – Marang, Besut, Kuala Terengganu and Dungun. 

The Jertih seat was won by Mentri Besar Datuk Idris Jusoh, who defeated PAS' Mohd Hassan Salleh by a majority of 2,047 votes. 

Ladang assemblyman Wan Hisham Wan Salleh and Cukai assemblyman Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera are state executive councillors. 

Abdul Hadi lost the Marang parliamentary seat by 163 votes to Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar, who is Deputy Human Resources Minister. 

Counsel Datuk Victor Isaacs filed Barisan’s petition while PAS’ petitions were filed by Faris Irwan Mustafa.  

Meanwhile in Johor Baru, two election petitions seeking to nullify the results in two state seats were filed at the High Court here yesterday. 

Two voters had filed a petition for the Senggarang seat while a PAS member filed a similar one for the Pasir Raja seat. 

Sarif Murti @ Mohd Shariff Mukti, a retired teacher, and Lau Wee Ying, Batu Pahat division secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, are seeking to nullify the election results for the Senggarang seat, won uncontested by PAS candidate, Dr Mohd Ramli Kari, on nomination day. 

They are also seeking a by-election to be held between the first respondent, Dr Mohd Ramli, and Barisan Nasional candidate Samshiah Rashidah Ibrahim. 

The petition, filed by lawyers Syed Faisal Syed Abdullah and Mesnor Bujang, also named the returning officer and the Election Commission as the second and third respondents respectively. 

Sanip Ithnin, PAS candidate for the seat, filed an election petition seeking to declare that the results for the Pasir Raja state seat null and void. 

He is also seeking a declaration that state executive councillor Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique is not the winner of the seat. 

In his petition, filed by lawyer Baharuddin Salleh, Sanip named returning officer Abdul Razak Hassan as the first respondent, with the Elections Commission and Halimah as the second and third respondents respectively. 

He claimed Halimah had tried to persuade him to withdraw from the contest and had wanted to give, loan or offer him RM100,000, either directly or through other parties.  

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