SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The PKR election in Selangor has begun involving the first nine of its 22 divisions statewide.
The polls started at 9am and will end at 5pm on Sunday (Oct 14).
The nine divisions are Sabak Bernam, Sungai Besar, Hulu Selangor, Serdang, Kelana Jaya, Subang, Kapar, Kota Raja and Sepang, involving over 108,000 members.
Polling for the remaining 13 divisions, namely Puchong, Gombak, Petaling Jaya (PJ) Utara, PJ Selatan, Kuala Langat, Klang and Selayang is set on Oct 21, while Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Ampang, Pandan, Shah Alam and Hulu Langat on Oct 28.
PKR central election committee chairman Datuk Rashid Din said the election in Selangor was being held in three stages due to the large number of members involved, as the state had the highest number of membership at 249,850.
“Since our staff and equipment are also limited, we have to hold the election in three days...to ensure smooth running of the process,” he told Bernama when contacted.
“We also want to advise all members and contestants to maintain discipline and contest fairly.
"Win or lose, we are still members of PKR, we are family, so let's just tolerate and not fight with each other,” he said, adding that the results of the polls are expected to be known at 7pm at the earliest.
Apart from having the highest number of membership, the Selangor PKR election has also captured the most attention as the focus is on state PKR chairman Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who are vying for the deputy president's post.
Although Selangor was said to be Azmin's stronghold, PKR Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) assistant secretary Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman was reported as saying that all the 22 divisions in the state had pledged their support for Rafizi.
Rafizi had earlier won in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and the Federal Territories, while Azmin won in Penang and Johor. - Bernama