Hardcore member Chegubard cites evidence of polls discrepancies in letter


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010

PETALING JAYA: A hardcore PKR reformist, in a letter to party president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, has listed a string of incidents to back the widespread allegations of fraud and irregularities in the recent party polls.

In calling for an open probe into the allegations, Badrul Hisham Shaharin said there were also inconsistencies in the vote tally posted on the party’s website.

“Some figures were changed in the middle of the week,” he claimed in the letter, which was leaked by a party leader.

Badrul has also not spared party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, saying a division chief in Sabah had complained that the Opposition leader had instructed him to support a certain candidate and reject another.

Badrul, known in blogging circles as Chegubard, trails by more than 1,000 votes behind incumbent PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin in the race for the movement’s top spot.

He wants election results suspended in Libaran, Sandakan, Batu Sapi, Kubang Pasu and Rembau, pending investigations.

“In Batu Sapi, Sandakan and Liba­ran, an independent body should immediately carry out investigations.

“Our agents recorded attendance of not more than 200, but the unusually higher number of votes has aroused suspicion,” he said.

Badrul said if the party could not afford to carry out the investigation, disgruntled members were willing to conduct their own probe if the party handed them the electoral attendance log.

He also claimed that ballot boxes in Libaran and Sandakan were taken to different locations for tallying without the presence of candidate agents.

In Kubang Pasu, he said, the number of votes was also much higher than the actual voter turnout, while in Rembau there were complaints of phantom voters.

He said the counting and polling agents confirmed that the voter turnout recorded in the electoral log was only about 70, but there were more than 200 papers in the ballot box.

Badrul also claimed discrepancies had occurred during the nomination process.

For example, he said, the Tampin division nominated him and Chang Lih Kang for the posts of Youth chief and deputy chief, but the names of Shamsul Iskandar and Khairul Anuar appeared in the nominations database.

“If names can be changed, what more the number of votes?” he asked.

He said there was no response to a complaint letter sent a month ago.

Badrul is the latest among disgruntled leaders – and the first of PKR hardcore loyalists – to highlight the issue of party election irregularities.

Disciplinary committee chairman Animah Ferrer had also written to central election committee chief Dr Molly Cheah to complain about irregularities.

Vice-president candidate Jonson Chong wrote an open letter to Wan Azizah – which was circulated on the Internet – asking for an independent audit into the election in Libaran.

Former deputy presidency aspirant Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who quit the contest midway and later resigned from the party, had also called for clean, free, fair and transparent elections.

Badrul confirmed he had written to Wan Azizah but regretted that its contents had been leaked.

Until yesterday, the party remained silent on the allegations.

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