Kuala Langat PKR holds the key to swing votes

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  • Thursday, 25 Nov 2010

PETALING JAYA: If the members of the Kuala Langat PKR division turn up in full force to vote today, an upset to the current line-up of candidates may well be on the cards.

Even the positions of the bottom two vice-president candidates, Fuziah Salleh and Mansor Othman, are shaky as the division’s 5,800 members have the potential to play kingmaker – if the turnout today is high enough to swing votes.

Fuziah and Mansor risk losing to state executive councillors Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Yahya Sahri, as well as Padang Serai MP N. Gobalakrishnan.

Youth chief contender Badrul Hisham Shahrin, popularly known as Chegubard, could also overtake incumbent Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, who is leading by a 1,020-vote majority.

In the 17-cornered fight for the four vice-president’s posts, the positions of Nurul Izzah Anwar and incumbent Tian Chua were as good as in the bag as they were far ahead in terms of the number of votes secured from 218 divisions.

Kuala Langat is now crucial for “borderline” candidates scrambling for central party positions, and they were campaigning extra hard to mobilise their supporters in the division.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution told a recent press conference that Kuala Langat had been given leeway to carry out central party polls today as disturbances had prevented them from carrying out the task before the Nov 21 deadline.

Central election committee secretary Radin Shamsulkamar Radin Shamsuddin said 30 election officials would be deployed at the division in anticipation of a large turnout.

“We want to ensure everything runs smoothly in this division,” he said.

Radin said the Kuala Langat division held the key to the outcome of the central party elections.

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