PETALING JAYA: PKR election director Datuk Johari Abdul has warned candidates against voicing their grievances to the media with regard the upcoming party election.
Speaking to the press at the party headquarters here, he said PKR wanted to prevent any attempts by candidates to tarnish the party’s image like in the 2010 party election.
“The moment you go to the media, it does not help the party,” he said, Friday.
Johari, who is also Sungai Petani MP, set out seven points to be adhered to by candidates among them that no one is allowed to use force or threats to secure votes.
He said candidates found to be in contravention of the rules will have their candidacy stripped and face disciplinary action.
“We are dead serious about this. We do not want what happened last elections to happen again,” he said, adding that the party provides proper channels for candidates to voice their dissatisfaction.
PKR first implemented the “One Person One Vote” electoral process in the party’s 2010 elections. However, the polls that year witnessed infighting from the grassroots all the way to the top.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was at loggerheads with his contenders, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and Mustaffa Kamil Ayub, to the point that they were criticising each other through the media.
Former Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, who was defending his post then also did not see eye-to-eye with challenger Badrul Hisham Shaharin, popularly known as Chegubard.
The divisional elections saw worse trouble, where incidents of throwing chairs, fist fights and locking of doors to voting venues were reported to have taken place.
When asked whether the stricter rules would backfire on a party that has preached transparency, Johari said such a policy was needed to fend off criticism from PKR’s political enemies.
“Sometimes (the reports) are pure allegations but they make it to the press. (So) you can do whatever you want but don’t criticise your opponents, because in the end, we are all friends,” said Johari.The PKR elections will take place from April 26 until May 11 nationwide.