BN decides not to appeal EC decision, paves way for Cameron Highlands by-election

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  • Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision by Barisan Nasional not to appeal the Election Court’s decision to nullify its victory in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat will pave the way for by-election to be held.

MIC vice-president Datuk C. Sivarraajh, who won the seat in the May 9 polls, said that he is abiding by the decision, although personally disagreeing with the court's decision to nullify his victory.

"It is a collective decision by Barisan, and I will not be appealing the case.

I would rather Barisan fights for the cause of the people in a by-election than to take up a legal case.

We will see what the people decide," he said when contacted today (Dec 12).

Although having worked hard to serve his constituency over the past seven months, Sivarraajh said he would leave the decision on the by-election candidacy to MIC president Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, when approached for comments, said as BN chairman he respects the decision and added that MIC will contest the seat in the impending by-election.

Cameron Highlands is traditionally a MIC seat. It was won by Sivarraajh in the May 9 polls with a 567-vote majority.

On Dec 6, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof ordered Sivarraajh to leave Dewan Rakyat, but allowed him to take his seat in Parliament on Monday (Dec 10).

Mohamad Ariff, in his ruling, noted that Sivarraajh was still an MP and had 14 days from the court's Nov 30 decision to file an appeal to the Federal Court.

The Election Court nullified Barisan's victory, after finding elements of corruption to induce voters to vote.

Sivarraajh had since denied involvement in vote buying.

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