PKR polls chief happy with party election process

PETALING JAYA: Despite allegations of money politics and glitches in the e-voting system, PKR central election committee (JPP) chairman Rashid Din is “generally happy” with the way the party elections were carried out.

He said he had been announcing the results according to “what is shown in the computers” and that “everything is recorded”.

“JPP does not play politics,” he told FMT. “We announce what the computer says, unless people say the computer is lying.

“We only carry out re-elections if there are issues. If there are none, we do not have re-elections.”

He added that the JPP would not carry out re-elections just because some members raised questions.

Rashid also spoke about the dissatisfaction expressed by some members and candidates over the elections in Julau, Sarawak, and Tawau and Pensiangan in Sabah.

He said about 1,680 voters had come to vote in Julau, 19 of whom decided not to vote despite registering for e-voting.

“The numbers are almost similar at all the 200-plus divisions. Voters come in but a few would not vote despite registering. So why carry out another re-election?

“But in Pensiangan, there was a long line of voters and a lot of them couldn’t vote due to security reasons. Those who had not voted, we have to give them a chance (to vote),” he said.

In a statement earlier yesterday, Rashid had announced that there would not be a re-election at the Julau branch in Sarawak. He said the results for Tawau and Pensiangan, meanwhile, would be announced once checks were done.

Meanwhile, PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad called on the party’s leadership to address all complaints raised about the elections.

“The party leadership should take note of the many complaints that have been raised regarding the election process, not only from members and candidates but from all quarters.

“Let’s not just nitpick on one or two divisions that benefit one side, but the entire process,” he said.

He urged members to remain calm, saying no conclusions should be drawn before the official announcement of the results.