Merbok PKR polls commotion: 4 men detained

Police seized several sticks used as weapons during the commotion at the Merbok PKR polls. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: Police detained four men, aged between 20 and 40, following a commotion that resulted in injuries during the Merbok PKR divisional elections near Sungai Petani today.

Kuala Muda district police chief Adzli Abu Shah said an individual was injured on the head during the scuffle that occurred between noon and 12.30pm and was given treatment as an outpatient at the Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim in Sungai Petani.

“We were made to understand that the election system was not smooth. The election system was down.

“It was so slow that it caused restlessness. A misunderstanding occurred between the people handling the election and the voting members,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Adzli said subsequently police seized several sticks used as weapons during the commotion.

He said these sticks were not brought from outside but were already there during the incident.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 148 for rioting.

Permatang Pauh PKR polls begin late

In BUTTERWORTH, Permatang Pauh PKR division members were disappointed that the 2018 party elections there began late although it was scheduled at 10am.

Voters, who arrived at the Dewan Seri Tenggiri voting centre, had to wait for almost an hour before the technical problems were resolved.

They said PKR’s party election committee (JPP) should have made proper preparations before the election process began as this was the first time e-voting was being conducted.

A voter, Alias Said, in his 50s, said the JPP was slow in taking action.

“Many voters who came early had to leave when they could not vote due to technical problems as they were working today. As such, they have been denied their right to vote,” he told Bernama.

“The JPP should have made proper preparations from yesterday, not check on it only today to see if the system and internet lines are working well,” he said.

Another voter, Badariah Mat, 53, said she found out that voting would begin at 10am and came early to vote as she was working later.

“I came early but at 10.05am, the hall was still closed and many people had lined up. The secretariat told us to wait because there were some problems and we were finally allowed to vote at 10.45am, “ Badariah, a factory worker, said.

Candidate for the post of central youth head Dr Afif Bahardin, who was at the voting centre, said the JPP should look at the problems in the election process seriously and hoped the matter is quickly resolved.

“I hope what happened in Penang and Kedah will not happen in other states,” he said.

In GEORGE TOWN, a voter, Liow Wei Soon, said he had noticed a couple of flaws in the system when he cast his vote in Bukit Gelugor.

The 29-year-old mechanic said profile photos of some candidates were missing in the system and the sequence of candidates was not in order.

However, another voter, who was one of the first few to vote in Bayan Baru, said that the online system was very convenient, and described his experience as “like going through Facebook on a device’.