PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is seeking a court order to declare the Hulu Selangor by-election void on grounds of alleged bribery and corrupt practices.
He wants the court to declare if such conduct is permitted in an election, adding that if the court found elements of bribery, fresh polls should be called.
In a petition filed yesterday, Zaid sought a declaration that Barisan Nasional’s P. Kamalanathan was not duly elected as Hulu Selangor MP. In the by-election held on April 25, Kamalanathan defeated Zaid by a 1,725-vote majority.
“I’m not doing this for personal reasons. I am doing this in the interest of all the political parties. Certain legal issues need to be clarified before the next general election,” Zaid said yesterday.
Zaid named returning officer Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and the Elections Commission as respondents in the petition. Zaid is represented by a team of six lawyers, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Azhar Azizan Harun, Gobind Singh Deo, Ang Hean Leng, Leong Sher-How and G. Sreekant.
Azhar said the election petition must be disposed of within six months from the filing date.
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