Tawau PKR puzzled with re-vote order, but will comply

KOTA KINABALU: A puzzled Tawau PKR will go ahead with the order from the party’s central election commission to conduct re-voting on Sunday (Nov 11), although no official reason was given to justify such a course of action.

Tawau PKR chief Datuk Kong Hong Ming said he was surprised at the order, as there was no problem during the Nov 3 voting process.

“I want to reiterate that there was no disruption or protests during the Nov 3 voting process.

“All candidates and the election committee representatives agreed with the process of voting (in Tawau division), and there was no official protest made during the course of the election,” Kong said when contacted Friday (Nov 9).

“We have protested against the decision by the party’s election commission for Tawau to revote on Sunday.

“Despite protesting, we will take up the challenge to achieve a majority,” he said, adding that they hoped to see higher majorities in the results.

Kong retained his position as Tawau division head in the first voting, that also saw the division overwhelmingly give full support to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who garnered 1,393 votes, against 848 votes received by Mohd Rafizi Ramli in the contest for the deputy president post.

Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Christina Liew had claimed that there was trouble and disruption at the Tawau election process on Nov 3 and that was why the party’s election commission decided on re-voting.

Tawau and Keningau PKR divisions in Sabah were ordered to go for re-voting on Saturday (Nov 10), while Pensiangan was ordered to continue its voting process on Sunday.

Sabah PKR Election chief coordinator Rosli Masaliku said technical problems in Tawau had forced a revote, while in Keningau the voting process was disrupted by a scuffle.

Meanwhile, he said Pensiangan would have a continuation of voting, as there were many who had registered to vote on Nov 4 but could not do so due to time constraints.

He said these decisions were made after a thorough discussion with the central PKR election committee.

"Please follow the rules and do not create trouble. Do arrive early so that we can finish all within the allocated time," he said, adding that the polls would be conducted from 9am to 4pm at the three divisions.

Azmin currently leads with 1,611 votes in Sabah after 22 of 25 divisions completed their polling over Nov 3-4, and the re-vote exercise may see the fight in Sabah turn into a neck-to-neck contest between the two deputy president candidates.

Sarawak PKR, which will also be holding its elections, is set to conclude the three-month long party polls.

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