PKR members unhappy with polls delays and glitches


KLANG: Many PKR members are displeased that the party’s national and divisional polls results will only be released on May 29.

They do not understand the delay and want to know why fresh voting has to be held in several divisions, leading to the delay.

The party’s central election committee chairman Dr Zaliha Mustafa had announced recently that Gua Musang, Pengkalan Chepa, Bachok, Ketereh and Tumpat in Kelantan, Dungun (Terengganu), Hulu Selangor (Selangor) and Padang Serai (Kedah) divisions would be holding the vote again.

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Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said there was a glitch in the polling system in the Kelantan and Kedah divisions which had led to voters being confused.

"Some of the candidates had their pictures and names up but without a number and some had a number and name but without their pictures," he explained.

He said this had resulted in party members who had come to cast their votes becoming confused.

"The vendor for the polling system had admitted the glitch," said Abdullah Sani, who was contesting for a vice president’s post.

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As for Hulu Selangor, he said voting could not be carried out as the division had failed to arrange for tables and chairs as well as other needful facilities to carry out polling.

"In Padang Serai, the facilities that were prepared by the division were insufficient to cater to the number of voters who turned up," he said, adding that given this, polling in both divisions could not be carried out.

When contacted, Hulu Selangor MP June Leow Hsiad Hu declined to comment on why the division’s polls did not happen.

The incumbent Hulu Selangor division chief added that her job was to merely recommend the location.

"The rest of the arrangements are to be made by the election committee as that is our party procedure," said Leow.

She added that a suitable location was currently being identified to carry out the division election on Saturday (May 28).

Businessman Azizan Zakaria and SP Care founder Dr Sathia Prakash Nadarajan are taking Leow on for the division chief's post.

In addition to the peninsular divisions, the party's Kota Kinabalu branch in Sabah is also holding fresh voting on Saturday following glitches that led to some candidates not appearing on the voting list.

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