Sungai Petani PKR candidate doesn’t even know he is contesting

  • Nation
  • Monday, 02 Jun 2014

SUNGAI PETANI: The PKR election for its Sungai Petani division youth chief hit another snag after a candidate claimed that he was not informed that he was contesting the post.

Mohd Sharmizi Nizam Abdul Rahim, 34, said he was shocked to find out that his name was in the candidate list for the youth chief division.

“I was only told in the morning by some of my friends from the party that my name was on the candidate list,” said Sharmizi at the voting centre at the Taman Sejati Indah multipurpose hall here yesterday.

The excavator operator said he nominated himself for the division’s youth chief post during the first election on May 3 but was rejected due to technical problems.

“I accepted the decision and decided to throw my support for another candidate, S. Arvind Kumar,” he added.

During the May 3 election, Arvind, 31, cried foul after his name was omitted from the candidate list, resulting in his competitor, Bakar Arang assemblyman Simon Ooi, winning uncontested.

His supporters held a protest outside the voting hall and after their objection, the party’s election commission decided to postpone the voting for the division’s youth chief to yesterday.

Yesterday, Sharmizi and several others again held a smaller protest outside the voting hall after he found out that his name was included in the list, which he suspected was done to split the votes.

“What they are doing now is despicable. We want this division election to be cancelled or postponed again,” he said.

Sungai Petani election supervisor Zainal Abidin Samad said he accepted the complaints but the election had to proceed.

“I have no jurisdiction to stop this election as the party’s election committee will have the final decision,” he said.

Later, after voting had closed, Ooi won the post with 52 votes over Arvind’s seven. There were three spoilt votes.

Ooi said he was satisfied with the outcome and when asked to comment about the protest, said the party election committee had given ample notice and time for the election.

“There is no reason to doubt the results,” he said.

Arvind said he accepted and respected the results.

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