KOTA BHARU: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli was ahead of his challenger Mohamed Azmin Ali in the contest for the deputy presidency in the Kelantan party elections yesterday.
According to the PKR elections 2018 website, Rafizi won by a 289-majority after obtaining 5,211 votes compared to Azmin who received 4,922 votes.
However, Kelantan PKR communications director Mohd Sukirman Mustafa said the results posted on the website could change as there were more than 400 doubtful votes which would only be confirmed in a week.
“The results posted on the website are valid but not yet official. The final decision will be after the box of doubtful votes is processed,” he told Bernama when contacted here last night.
Sukirman said Rafizi had the support of eight of the 14 divisions in Kelantan: Kota Bharu, Pengkalan Chepa, Bachok, Machang, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Pasir Mas and Pasir Puteh.
He said Azmin, who is also the economic affairs minister, had the support of six divisions: Ketereh, Tanah Merah, Jeli, Tumpat, Kubang Kerian and Rantau Panjang.
In a related development, Sukirman said Kelantan state leadership council chairman Ab Aziz Ab Kadir retained his seat as Ketereh division head after defeating his challenger Lukman Hakim Mustapha with a majority of 371 votes.
He said Aziz obtained 453 votes compared to Lukman who got only 82 votes.
He said a total of 43,200 registered members were eligible to vote but only about 10,000 members cast their votes yesterday.
In Terengganu, meanwhile, Rafizi earned 1,506 votes while Azmin got 1,269.
PKR central election committee chairman Rashid Din said the committee would only finalise the results after verifying them.
Azmin won the previous contests in Penang and Johor.