Polls for 8 Kedah PKR divisions suspended

PKR election committee chairman Rashid Din says polls in Penang went smoothly. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s election committee today suspended party elections in eight divisions, out of 15 divisions, in Kedah.

Committee chairman Rashid Din said the suspension was ordered after they discovered some technical issues and certain individuals disrupting the party election process.

“We started late because there were some technical issues and we only opened the polling centres at 10am instead of 9am.

“Because of that, the members who arrived early became impatient because they had been waiting for a long time and were not be able to vote,” he told FMT today.

Rashid said the divisions affected were Merbok, Sungai Petani, Jerai, Kulim-Bandar Bharu, Padang Serai, Langkawi, Sik and Baling.

He also did not rule out the possibility that the election committee team members did not have enough training to handle the election process, causing the situation to turn chaotic.

“The training is not sufficient,” Rashid said.

However, he did not reveal when the party election will be held again for the eight divisions, as PKR needs to discuss it at a meeting.

Rashid said the election process in Penang went smoothly today. There, 55,132 PKR members cast their votes for 13 divisions today.

Over 840,000 members in the country will cast their votes in stages to determine PKR’s national leadership.

The results will be announced at PKR’s congress in November.