High Court wants Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce to tally votes once again

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 21 Oct 2010

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) has been ordered by the High Court to recount the number of ballots cast during its general committee election on July 2.

Justice Yaacob Md Sam said the court was satisfied that several ballot papers were tampered with and ruled that the 846 ballot papers cast be recounted and that an independent officer be appointed from an accounting firm for the purpose.

“The court is doubtful of the election outcome and therefore allows the application for the recounting process to take place.”

The judge also held that in the event the tallying of votes are inaccurate, then the general committee should be reconstituted accordingly.

He also ordered PCCC to hold the recount in three weeks from yesterday and that PCCC bear all costs and expenses for the recounting process.

PCCC life members Lee Swee Chye, Keay Yeow, Koay Seng Leong, Phoon Chuan Choon and Teoh Peng Kooi had by way of a summons-in-chambers application sought for an order to set aside the PCCC election and for the ballot papers to be recounted.

They named PCCC public officer Looi Bean Keat as defendant.

The plaintiffs were represented by Datuk Mahinder Singh Dulku and Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor while Looi was represented by Lee Khai.

Earlier during submissions, Mahinder said the counting and tallying was carried out in a haphazard manner and that the official election results were tainted and did not reflect the actual votes obtained by each candidate.

Lee Khai’s oral application to the court for a stay of execution was rejected and he was told to tender a written application.

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