Now, Zuraida claims Bandar Tun Razak PKR polling chief linked to Rafizi

PETALING JAYA: PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today accused the chief supervisor of the Bandar Tun Razak polling centre of bias, a day after questioning the neutrality of the polling officers in the PKR polls.

She said the Bandar Tun Razak results so far had been “irregular”, claiming the chief supervisor’s bias was apparent in a recent Facebook post asking voters to support Rafizi Ramli in his race for the deputy presidency against incumbent Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“The polls for the federal territories ended yesterday, but we have seen irregularities which are very inconsistent, especially in the case of Bandar Tun Razak,” she told FMT on the sidelines of a housing conference hosted by Rehda Institute here.

Zuraida said the Bandar Tun Razak PKR division chief had pointed out the chief supervisor’s alleged bias to him, to which the supervisor purportedly told him that all polling centres in the country would need to be closed in that case.

Calling this “arrogant”, she said this was the case nationwide.

“The Bandar Tun Razak division supports Azmin as deputy president, so when the division chief announced that Rafizi had 700 votes while Azmin had around 500… this is something which we see as irregular.

“We plan to meet with the PKR central election committee tomorrow to present our case, which we feel has to be addressed in light of the upcoming election in Selangor this weekend, with nine divisions set to vote.”

When asked if the results from the states and federal territories which had voted so far could be invalidated due to claims of polling officers being one-sided, Zuraida, who is the Ampang MP, said they needed to build up a strong case first.

“We are compiling concrete evidence,” she added.

She also criticised Rafizi for announcing his victory over Azmin based on unofficial results from the federal territories election, saying this was inaccurate.

“I think the game is not over, not until the eight remaining states have voted.

“It is not unbecoming of him to say he is in the lead so far, but the latest vote count after the spoiled votes were excluded shows that Azmin is still in the lead by three votes,” she told FMT.

On his Twitter account on Sunday, Rafizi said he was leading against Azmin in the PKR polls so far by a slim 0.2% margin, gaining 19,160 votes against Azmin’s 19,112 votes, a difference of 48.

He said he had also won the popular vote in four out of six states so far.

PKR election committee chairman Rashid Din, however, told FMT the results for any of the posts contested had yet to be finalised.

He said the official results would only be announced next month at the PKR congress after the remaining states had completed voting.

Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Kedah, Perak and Selangor will go to the polls this month, with Sabah and Sarawak following suit in November.

If the race goes down to the wire, Selangor, which has the highest number of PKR voters nationwide, may well decide who becomes the next deputy president serving under president-elect Anwar Ibrahim.

Zuraida is contesting a vice-presidency post. Her team, which is linked to Azmin, is engaged in a fierce competition with Rafizi’s camp for the party’s top positions.

Zuraida previously expressed hope that her camp would win the party polls.