Irregularities found in some division polls, says Zuraida

Posters showing PKR party polls candidates at the Lembah Pantai polling centre today. Wanita chief Zuraidia Kamaruddin has raised doubts on the polls, saying the numbers do not tally in certain divisions. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, October 7, 2018.

THERE were some irregularities in the final vote tally at a few PKR division polls, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said.

Speaking to reporters at the Majlis Makan Malam Bersama Anwar Ibrahim event in Lukut, Port Dickson, Zuraida said it was very strange that the votes for some division chiefs did not tally with the votes for deputy president hopeful, Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“There are about two or three cabangs (divisions) which I feel there’s something not right – because the votes for the division chief that carries Azmin doesn’t tally with Azmin’s votes.

“For instance… our (Azmin’s) camp won the Bandar Tun Razak seat with 700 over votes, but Azmin (himself) won the seat by a slim margin of two votes from Rafizi, and his votes were only 500 plus. So we’re wondering where the rest of the votes.

“That goes the same with in Bera, Pahang – the division chief got more votes and Azmin got fewer votes… so we’re wondering where the rest of the votes,” the housing and local government minister said.

She said the division chief would normally obtain approximately the same amount of votes as the deputy president that they were campaigning for.

Zuraida added that recounting was not possible because voting was done electronically.

PK voters waiting in line to cast their ballots at the Lembah Pantai polling centre today. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, October 7, 2018.

Asked if there was a possibility that the polls were rigged, PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang did not give a clear answer but said the party will be investigating the matter.

“We don’t want to say rigging or not rigging. There’s definitely irregularities that require investigation. So we don’t want to accuse anybody of rigging the votes. The issue is there’s some odd phenomenon that requires investigation, and we’ll have to study in-depth,” he said.

He added that evidence will be collected from the affected divisions and brought forward to the party’s central elections committee (JPP).

“We will also be looking carefully into the system itself,” he said.

“Anyway, election is still going on, we will work hard to catch up in the coming states… We have to adjust our strategies, we will definitely be going more aggressive to get more votes.” – October 7, 2018.

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