PD by-election: Anwar, Isa Samad eligible to contest, says EC

Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Port Dickson by-election Anwar Ibrahim, of PKR, is eligible to contest, despite objections raised by PAS.

Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said Anwar had been given a full pardon by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with provisions in the Federal Constitution.

“The EC is taking the stand that Anwar is eligible to stand as a candidate and to contest in the P132 Port Dickson parliamentary by-election,” he told reporters after nominations for the by-election here today.

A PAS representative, Ramli Ismail, 69, had submitted a letter of protest to the EC at 9.32am, which stated, among others, that the power of pardon under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution only referred to pardon against the execution of sentence, whether to remit, suspend or reduce, and not intended to mean cancelling the conviction of a criminal offence.

On the status of another candidate, Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who is contesting as an independent, Azhar said, as provided in the Federal Constitution, investigations conducted on him showed he was qualified to contest.

In another development, Azhar said the EC had made several improvements, including setting up two voting streams for voters aged 60 and above, and extending the voting hours by 30 minutes. Voting can be done from 8am to 5.30pm.

“We expect the voter turnout for the Port Dickson by-election to reach 70%. The results of the by-election will be announced before 10pm on polling day, which is Oct 13,” he added.

He said the number of voting streams have also been increased to 171, from 145 previously. Voting booths have been increased from two to three.

He advised voters to check for information on their polling stations and polling streams early through the EC website or by calling the EC at 03-88927018, SMS 15888 or through the mySPR application.

The EC, he said, had appointed 72 observers from seven government bodies and NGOs to monitor the election process for the Port Dickson by-election.

They included from Darul Ehsan Institute, Bersih 2.0, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, ENGAGE and the National Politics Think-Tank Club.

“The EC has also allowed and given visitor status to two representatives from Intergovernmental Organisation based in Australia,” he said.