Khalid unsatisfied with PKR election process


(The Rakyat Post) – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president candidate Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim today voiced out his dissatisfaction over the latest developments in the party’s election process which he felt was not transparent.

Abdul Khalid said he was not satisfied that the party elections were carried out in a doubtful manner when PKR and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders were strong critics of the Election Commission (EC), which they charged had failed to conduct elections fairly.

“I think the Political Bureau will take stern action because the PKR and PR are very angry with the EC for not conducting the elections properly,” he said when asked by reporters at the Selangor State Secretariat office.

PKR’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has previously given the guarantee that the Central Elections Committee (JPP) would not condone trickery, which he claimed was done by the EC.

Anwar stressed that the JPP would take stern action against the parties involved if the claims and reports lodged with it had basis.

“JPP is not like the EC. We will never condone fraud.

“Datuk Johari Abdul and Abdul Malek Hussain have gone to Batang Sadong to investigate. If it is proven that there is fraud, we will not hesitate to disqualify or postpone the process, regardless of the candidate,” he said.

When asked if he would take further action on the case, Abdul Khalid explained that he would peruse the report first to get a better picture before deciding on an action.

“Not yet. I have to get the proper picture of the incident. We must conduct a study thoroughly and in detail,” said the Selangor Menteri Besar.

He made the statements when commenting on a claim that a deputy president candidate and his team had committed fraud during the counting process at several divisions in Sarawak.

This has been confirmed by JPP chairman Datuk Johari Abdul, who said there was a power blackout during the counting process at the Batang Sadong division in Sarawak last Saturday.

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) founder Badrul Hisham Shaharin then urged that deputy president candidate Mohamed Azmin Ali be stripped of his candidacy for his involvement in a wrongful act during party elections.

“This thing has occurred in the 2010 elections and was reported, but no action was taken against Azmin.

“This time, with the evidence involving the process in Batang Sadong, I feel Datuk Johari and the JPP must take stern action by disqualifying Azmin,” he said.