No time frame for polls committee to probe technical glitch, says PKR man

PUTRAJAYA: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said today no time frame had been given to the party election committee to probe the technical glitches during polling in Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.

He said PKR election committee chairman Rashid Din had contacted him over six divisional elections in both states that were halted due to “technical glitches” last Saturday.

He said the party election committee was in touch with its programmers and IT technicians who were working to identity the problem.

Saifuddin, who is also domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, said this after announcing the list of price-controlled items at the ministry complex.

He said the technical problem arose when the vote count could not be entered into the system, despite PKR members having recorded their choices in the e-voting system.

“They (the election committee) will decide what to do later with the results,” he said, dismissing the possibility of a re-election for Melaka and Negeri Sembilan.

The election committee has yet to announce the tally for Negeri Sembilan and Melaka. The results were supposed to have been announced on Saturday night.

Saifuddin dismissed talk that the party should revert to paper ballots since the technical problem arose from its use of the e-voting system.

“Elections went smoothly in Johor, Kelantan, Perlis, Pahang, and Terengganu. The technical problem only arose in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. In Selangor, it was the members’ attitude that caused problems during the polls,” he added.

Asked about the increase in members since the May 9 general election and possible “dubious” members, Saifuddin said not everyone who joined PKR after Pakatan Harapan’s historic win was eligible to vote.

“Only those who registered to be PKR members before June 26 can cast their vote for the party’s top leadership and division leaders,” he said, adding that over 840,000 PKR members were eligible to do so.

He said he would leave it to the police to investigate an allegation that seven “army personnel” had voted at the party’s Petaling Jaya Utara division last week.