PKR denies conspiracy claim over rescheduled polling dates

PKR’s Central Election Committee secretary Ismail Yusop says the process to ensure the accuracy of the voters’ list is being carried out nationwide.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s Central Election Committee (JPP) today denied that the decision to postpone the polling dates for the party polls was part of a conspiracy to help certain candidates win.

JPP secretary Ismail Yusop said the change in dates was aimed at ensuring the voters’ registration information was accurate.

“It is to avoid any problems on polling day, such as inaccurate information that will hinder voters,” he told Bernama here today.

Ismail said the process to ensure the accuracy of the voters’ list was being carried out nationwide.

The polling dates were previously scheduled from Sept 14 to Oct 13. It has now been fixed for Sept 22 until Oct 28.

The balloting process will commence in Kedah and Penang on Sept 22, followed by Perak and Perlis on Sept 23, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka (Sept 29), Johor (Sept 30), Kelantan and Terengganu (Oct 5), Pahang (Oct 6), Federal Territories (Oct 7), Selangor (Oct 13, 14 and 21), Sarawak (Oct 20) and Sabah on Oct 27 and 28.

Meanwhile, Ismail said most of the states, including Sabah and Sarawak, had already organised briefings on e-voting and claimed that voters expressed relief and were satisfied with the system which will be used for the first time.

“We encourage anyone who are not very clear about the system to organise a briefing. We are ready to go and explain it to the voters,” he said.

A total of 800,000 PKR members are eligible to vote.

Ismail said the voters can check the voters’ list through the website at https://www.pemilihankeadilan2018.com/.

A total of 800 e-voting devices will be mobilised throughout the duration of the voting period.