EC: 29 polls petitions filed


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 May 2008

PUTRAJAYA: Twenty-nine election petitions were filed in various high courts nationwide at the end of the April 29 deadline.

Of the petitions, 12 were for parliamentary constituencies and 12 for state seats.

»Now ourlegal officersare preparingto answer allthe petitionsand will work with theAttorney-General’sChambers«DATUK WAN AHMAD WAN OMAR

Among the parliamentary seats affected are Kuala Kangsar, Setiawangsa, Rembau, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Terengganu, Kulim, Sandakan, Tuaran, Pensiangan, Kota Belud and Sarikei.

Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said Sabah recorded the highest with 10 petitions – five parliamentary and five state seats – while Sarawak and Negri Sembilan had one petition each for parliamentary seats.

“Perak has five petitions for state seats and one parliamentary while Terengganu has petitions for four state and one parliamentary seat,” he said, adding that Kedah had one for state and parliamentary and Perlis had two petitions for state seats.

“There were no petitions filed in Malacca, Johor, Kelantan, Penang, Pahang and Selangor,” he said in an interview here yesterday.

Wan Ahmad said the majority of complaints were for corrupt practices under the Election Offences Act 1954 while others were disputes on postal votes.

The number of petitions was less than the 43 filed after the 2004 general election – 26 state and 17 parliamentary seats. Election judges had dismissed all petitions.

Wan Ahmad said the Election Commission had received copies of the 29 petitions, adding that today was the deadline for them to receive the documents.

“Now our legal officers are preparing to answer all the petitions and will work with the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” he said, adding that the respective high courts would decide the dates to hear the petitions.

Under the law, Wan Ahmad said, hearing for election petitions had to be completed within six months from the date the petitions were filed.

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