PETALING JAYA: Mohd Azmin Ali has overtaken Datuk Zaid Ibrahim in the race for the PKR deputy presidency.
The Permatang Pauh PKR division gave Azmin a strong endorsement yesterday with 211 votes.
Zaid got 58 votes and the third contender, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub, 11.
Gombak MP Azmin, who is close to party adviser and supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, had been trailing Zaid over the last two days, but managed to overtake him yesterday.
The unofficial tally from 57 of 68 divisions that held polling over the weekend showed that Azmin was leading with 2,281 votes, followed by Zaid (2,217) and Mustaffa (958).
The candidates see victory in Permatang Pauh as a significant milestone as party president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Anwar are from the division.
However, only 5% or 282 of the 6,000 members in Permatang Pauh turned up to cast their votes.
Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah did not enjoy the full support from Permatang Pauh PKR members either, for the vice-presidency race.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman garnered 214 votes, followed by Nurul Izzah (210), Tian Chua (143) and Fuziah Salleh (96).
Incumbent Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin appeared to be the favourite in Permatang Pauh, clinching 79 votes, while her challengers Animah Ferrar and Dr Suraya Sudin only managed six and seven votes respectively.
The division appeared divided between incumbent Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and his challenger Badrul Hisham Shahrin (aka Chegubard). Shamsul garnered 44 votes against Chegubard’s 41.
Incumbent PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin lamented on the poor voter turnout in all the 68 divisions that held polling over the weekend.
“We are pushing our machinery to mobilise members to vote. Perhaps members are not motivated enough to participate in the national party polls, as they had only recently participated in the division polls,” he said.
A total of 27 divisions in Perak, Malacca, Penang, Negri Sembilan and Pahang conducted polling yesterday.
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