Federal Court dismisses appeals for Pulai, Selising election petitions

  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jan 2014

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court dismissed two appeals brought by PAS over election petitions for the Pulai parliamentary constituency of Pulai in Johor and Selising state constituency in Kelantan.

The decisions were delivered by a five-member panel chaired by Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif.

The Pulai seat was won by Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed while Zulkifle Ali won in Selising, both from Barisan Nasional.

On the panel with Justice Raus were Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Datuk Hasan Lah and Datuk Ramly Ali.

The appeal on the election petition for Pulai was brought by a voter, Zaaba Ibrahim, while PAS election director Semsudin Muhammad filed the appeal for the Selising state seat.

They were appealing against the Election Court's decisions in dismissing their election petitions to nullify Barisan Nasional's victory in the two constituencies in the 13th general election held in May last year.

For the appeal on the election petition for the Pulai constituency, Justice Raus held that election judge was right in striking out the petition due to failure by the petitioner (Zaaba) to show sufficient facts to support his grounds to nullify the election results for that constituency.

He dismissed Zaaba's appeal against the Election Court's decision to impose RM60,000 in legal costs, ruling that the sum awarded was not excessive.

Justice Raus also ordered Zaaba to pay RM10,000 in legal costs to the returning officer and the Election Commission and another RM10,000 in costs to Nur Jazlan for court proceedings in the Federal Court.

Nur Jazlan defeated PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub with a 3,226-vote majority.

On the Selising seat appeal, Justice Raus said the panel agreed with the submissions made by the petitioner (Semsudin) that the Election Judge was wrong to strike out his election petition on the ground that he (Semsudin) had not properly served the election petition.

However, he said the Federal Court was empowered to determine other preliminary objections which were not decided on by the election court and hence held that there was no merit in the other preliminary objections and subsequently dismissed the appeal.

Justice Raus ordered Semsudin to pay RM10,000 in costs to Zulkifle and another RM10,000 in costs to the returning officer and the Election Commission.

Zulkifle defeated Saiful Bahrim Mohamad of PAS and an independent candidate Ibrahim Ismail by a majority of 107 votes in the 13th General Election in that contest. - Bernama

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