Party candidates want PKR elections to be transparent


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 16 Oct 2010

PETALING JAYA: With more than 200 candidates qualified to contest PKR national posts, calls are growing louder for transparent and corruption-free elections.

Deputy president aspirant Mus­taffa Kamil Ayub said all candidates should be made to declare their assets as well as their election expenditure to check corruption.

“We should show the world that we put into practice our calls for reform,” he said.

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who is qualified to contest the top post, called on those trusted with the responsibility not to make a mockery of the party election.

He had on Oct 5 written to central election committee chairman Dr Molly Cheah suggesting seven measures to ensure a free and fair election, following complaints of irregularities during the division elections.

“But I have yet to get a response if the committee has agreed to implement my seven-point proposal for central party positions to be free, fair and transparent,’’ said Zaid.

He also requested for transparent ballot boxes, use of certified electoral rolls and strict adherence to voting time frame.

“Election monitors should not simply postpone or prolong polling time,’’ he said, adding that election monitors must keep their distance from the ballot boxes.

“Members who had paid membership fees should not be denied the right to vote,” he said.

Zaid and Mustaffa both called for serial numbers to be printed on ballot papers, as it was seen in some divisions that the number of voters turning out had not tallied with the number of votes cast.

Three people are qualified to fight for the presidency, eight for the deputy’s post, 30 for the four vice-president’s posts and 210 for the 20 leadership council seats.

Party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and incumbent party president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail, who is his wife, have been nominated for the top post. The other presidency contender is Zaid.

Zaid is also eligible to vie for the deputy presidency, one of the four vice-president’s posts and a seat on the leadership council.

For the deputy presidency, those qualified include Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is Anwar’s daughter.

The others are Gombak MP Azmin Ali, Mustafa Kamil, PKR strategic director Tian Chua and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

Zaid, Khalid, Nurul Izzah, Tian Chua, Mustafa Kamil and Fuziah have also qualified to go for the vice-president’s post.

The others include former MCA stalwart Datuk Seri Chua Jui Meng, Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, Ansari Abdullah, Baru Bian, Dominique Ng, Dr Badrul Amin, Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, James Ghani, Jonson Ching, and Lee Boon Chye.

Also qualified for the veep race are Penang deputy chief minister II Mansor Othman, incumbent Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, Dr Mohd Noor Manuty, Mohd Yahya Saari, N. Gobalakrishnan, S. Manika­vasagam and Saifuddin Nasution.

The others are Saeman Marjuki, R. Sivarasa, Suresh Kumar, Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Yusmadi Yusof and Zamri Yusof.

PKR election officer Radin Shamsulkamar Radin Shamsudin said those qualified to contest should submit their nomination form to the party headquarters by 6pm today.

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