KUALA LUMPUR: As the conclusion of the PKR polls approaches, its Youth chief hopeful Akmal Nasir has dropped a bombshell, alleging that up to 8,926 votes in favour of Rafizi Ramli in the race for the deputy presidency are missing.
Akmal alleged this during a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 13), referring to a study he conducted based on information collected from the official polls results displayed on PKR's website.
There is a ferocious battle for the deputy presidency between Rafizi Ramli and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, which is marred by allegations of money politics and scuffles between their respective supporters.
Akmal identified 40 divisions where he claimed 20% to 35% of votes for the deputy president post are missing.
In the PKR polls, which are conducted electronically, registered members vote in order of party position hierarchy.
As Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won uncontested as party president, the first vote they cast is for the deputy presidency, then the vice presidency, central leadership committee members and finally the top two posts for the Wanita and Youth wings.
Akmal claims that the votes are missing as there is a discrepancy between the number of votes cast and what has been tallied and displayed on the PKR website.
He said that out of the 40 divisions, 17 divisions in Sabah and Selangor were identified as Rafizi strongholds.
"The 17 divisions involve nine in Sabah and eight in Selangor, where the majority in these divisions were expected to give Rafizi an edge … based on the support given by his supporters," he said.
Akmal, claimed that a total of 8,926 votes are missing from these 17 divisions.
He said that the study is being presented to PKR's political bureau meeting Tuesday night (Nov 13).
However, he refused to accuse anyone of having a hand in this matter, and said that the party leadership should demand an investigation once all the facts are available.
"This is our party too. We don't intend to create trouble, but we want to help ensure this party remains strong," he said.
Also present during the press conference were Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen, Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan, Tangga Batu MP Rusnah Aluai, Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang and Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.
Wong said PKR must address this issue as the credibility of the party was at stake.
"Akmal's data shows that the anomaly is too great. If one or two percent of the votes are missing, that is normal," he said.
Wong said that the vote for the deputy president post was first on the online voting system, and it was impossible that such a large percentage did not cast it.
"It is not logical that 20 to 35% of the very first vote were not cast," he said, adding that any statistician would immediately see something amiss with the figure.
Wong urged the PKR Central Election Committee (JPP), which is also meeting Tuesday night, to look into the allegations.
According to Wong, the investigation must involve an independent, reputable and globally-recognised firm such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
"Hopefully, we can conduct a full investigation – and prior to the investigation, we would not like the JPP to make any announcements that do not make sense," he said.
Wong was referring to the announcement by JPP chairman Datuk Rashid Din, who said earlier on Nov 13 that there would not be a re-election at the Julau division in Sarawak and that results of the re-election at Tawau and Pensiangan divisions would be revealed once checks are done.
Results of the party polls will be officially announced during the three-day PKR Congress starting this Friday (Nov 16) at the Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam.