PKR’s election drama continues, Azmin poised to win in Sabah

A voter uses a device to choose his candidates for top posts in PKR. The party’s electoral process has been mired in disputes and technical glitches. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The ongoing PKR elections continue to face problems, with a division in Sabah given extended voting time after the 5pm deadline.

This comes after the ruckus during the voting process for the Keningau division yesterday, where deputy president hopeful Rafizi Ramli had to be escorted out of the venue after he was involved in a shouting match with supporters believed to be from the camp of Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The party’s election committee chairman Rashid Din said polling had to be extended in Pensiangan today due to the overwhelming crowd.

He told FMT there were stil many voters waiting to cast their polls after the cut-off time.

“There were too many people still waiting inside and outside the hall. (In the end) we decided to shut the gates to the compound and allow those who have been waiting to register and vote,” he said.

The voting process continued until 7.30pm.

“We had no choice … many still could not vote but we had to stop at 7.30pm,” he said.

Sabah PKR vice-chairman Kenny Chua said it was the discretion of the party’s election committee, provided candidates involved in the affected division agree.

Pensiangan, part of Sabah’s interior, has some 3,000 members eligible to vote.

Sabah, with 25 PKR divisions, has the second highest numbers of PKR members with 147,000 registered members.

Thirteen divisions went to the polls today in the second leg of the statewide voting process.

Unofficial counts from most of the divisions showed Azmin ahead of Rafizi.

The economic affairs minister so far won in 14 divisions, including eight today. At press time, he polled close to 7,800 votes against Rafizi’s 5,580 votes.

Observers say the results from Tenom and Pensiangan could tip the scale in Rafizi’s favour, as the former Pandan MP, who has branded his team as pro-Anwar Ibrahim, is said to be popular in the two rural areas.