Zaid leads in race for No. 2

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  • Sunday, 31 Oct 2010

PETALING: Although Datuk Zaid Ibrahim still leads the PKR deputy presidency’s race, his campaigners insist the party election be called off.

Zaid’s political secretary Rashid Azad Khan said there were allegations of phantom voters and other voting irregularities.

Of the 41 divisions that held polling on Friday and yesterday, Zaid was said to be ahead with 1,549 votes, followed by Azmin Ali (1,390) and Mustaffa Kamil Ayub (636).

Rashid said the election committee should put in place a fool-proof system to check tampering.

Party election secretary Radin Shamsulkamar Radin Shamsudin denied receiving complaints of such nature.

“However, we will investigate the matter,’’ he said.

According to the official tally based on polling in nine divisions on Friday, Zaid was leading with 577 votes against Azmin (374) and Mustaffa (61).

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar was also leading in the race for the vice-presidency on the first day of polling.

Nurul garnered 494 votes, followed by PKR election director Fuziah Salleh (467), Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mansor Othman (462) and Tian Chua (430).

Separately, a group of PKR members staged a walkout in protest against the “aggressive” campaigners for Kubang Kerian division incumbent Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Division chief Wan Nor Wan Abdullah said more than 100 members in his division walked out because they felt harassed by the overbearing campaigners.

“Many members left without voting when the campaigners demanded to check their MyKad and threatened that they would not get any posts if they voted for fellow Wanita chief contender Dr Suraya Sudin,” he said.

When the women staged a walkout, their husbands who were also members of the division, followed suit, he added.

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