KLANG: The first leg of the Selangor PKR party election is being closely observed as it is a cause of concern due to the state’s bloated membership of 220,000.
One of the biggest worry, said Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul, is the long amount of time taken by members to cast their votes through the e-voting system.
This, he said, could create chaos as people wait long hours to cast their votes.
“It is estimated that a technology literate person takes about five minutes to vote using the tab and a person who is not, takes about eight minutes," said Johari.
Selangor is seen as the setting for a battle royale between incumbent deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli who is challenging Azmin for the post.
Merdeka Centre executive director Ibrahim Suffian reckons the huge increase of membership in the party may work against Azmin.
“It has been thought that Azmin has the advantage in Selangor but the huge increase in party membership does raise some question as to how many of the new people are his supporters," said Ibrahim when contacted.
He added in the event Azmin losses in Selangor, it would be a big blow to him because the state has always been seen as a base for him.
“If that happens, his position in the party would be less certain in the long term.
“If Rafizi wins, he will further strengthen his position as a PKR leader after Anwar (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim)," said Ibrahim.
When met recently at a forum organised by Karangkraf Media Group, Azmin said he was confident PKR members will continue to support him.
“Party election is a normal process that we have to go through and I don’t want to make a fuss of it because I believe in the wisdom of my party members and that they will decide on leaders who have proven their service to the party," he said.
PKR members in Kapar, Kota Raja, Sabak Bernam, Sungai Besar, Hulu Selangor, Serdang, Kelana Jaya, Subang, and Sepang will cast their votes on Sunday (Oct 14).
The Klang, Kuala Langat, Puchong, Gombak, Petaling Jaya (PJ) Utara, PJ Selatan and Selayang divisions will vote on Oct 28.
Rafizi, who is incumbent PKR vice-president, had earlier won in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and the Federal Territories, while Azmin won in Penang and Johor.