PKR’s electoral process in question

KLANG: There are mounting doubts about PKR’s e-voting and membership registration procedures as various problems continue to plague the party polls.

One of the biggest problems is the emergence of “doubtful voters”, those whose names are not in the divisional electoral rolls despite claiming to be members.

These “doubtful voters” are allowed to e-vote but their votes are not tabulated into the total score until their membership is investigated and verified.

Revealing this yesterday, Lembah Jaya assemblyman Haniza Talha added that party members were also troubled by how membership registration was being conducted now.

“Currently, anyone can register to become a member and qualify to vote, and recently, even contest for divisional positions.

“The process must be redone for it to be more transparent and the party’s political bureau must vet membership applications,” said Haniza, who is also a Selangor state exco member.

She said the applications must then be reverted to the respective divisions and only approved after getting agreement from the divisions.

Haniza said another grouse from members was that the permission given to new members to contest in the party polls.

“According to the PKR constitution, new members can only contest for divisional positions after a year.

“But there is a clause that allows the party president the discretion to enable these new members to contest,” she added.

Haniza said this has resulted in new members contesting for divisional positions in Kelantan and Terengganu after they were given the green light to do so by the party’s top leadership.

“Many new members in the two states were on the opposing side during the last general election and some even contested against us.

“But they are now PKR members with some of them even contesting for divisional positions, which has made long-time members very upset,” Haniza claimed.

Meanwhile, Selangor PKR communication bureau chief Nor Hizwan Ahmad said the party had to admit that the electoral procedure in the ongoing polls was questionable.

“And the PKR leadership must not continue to be in denial and defend an electoral system which has been proven to be weak,” he said in a statement.

Nor Hizwan said it was a grievous turn of events that votes that had already been cast electronically could go missing first in Melaka and recently in Kedah.

The votes and names of members disappeared from the voting app in Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Kedah, which was believed to be due to technical problems and weak Internet access.

“We must find a proper solution for it,” he added.

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