PH Youth lodges report on alleged ‘voter shift’ in Permatang Pauh


BUTTERWORTH: Bukit Mertajam Pakatan Harapan (PH) Youth today lodged a police report over an audio recording claiming that over 800 police voters were shifted to the Permatang Pauh constituency for the 14th general election (GE14).

They said the recording was uploaded on Facebook.

The youth leaders — Mohd Ikhwan Nasser Mohamad Isa (PKR), Muhammad Zikri Zulkifli (PPBM), Joshua Woo (DAP) and Jerry Koh (DAP) — want the police as well as the Election Commission (EC) to probe the contents of the recording.

“We would like to urge the EC to work together with the Bersih 2.0 coalition to ensure GE14 is carried out in a transparent manner.

“Also, we call on all youngsters to rise up and care about free and fair elections, to ensure that their future is guaranteed,” the four said in a joint statement today.

They also called on the federal government to invite international observers from the Commonwealth secretariat and the United Nations to monitor the polls.

“If there are no dirty tactics in the election, there should not be a problem having UN observers during GE14,” they said.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had previously said that there was no room for cheating in GE14, dismissing the need for independent observers.

This prompted PH deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin to challenge Najib to prove his claim by inviting such observers to see for themselves the election process.

The Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat was won by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in a by-election in May 2015 after her husband and party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was convicted and jailed for sodomy, disqualifying him from being the MP there.

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