KUALA LUMPUR: Khairuddin Abu Hassan, whose petition challenging the Jasin parliamentary result was dismissed by the Election Court today, said he accepts the decision.
“We lost but that does not mean the end for me. Even without a position, I will continue what I have been doing for the past one year,” the Pakatan Harapan man said outside the court.
He congratulated and hugged Jasin MP Ahmad Hamzah of Umno outside the court.
“I accept his victory as he was chosen by voters in Jasin,” Khairuddin said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad, a three-term MP, said he would continue to serve the people in his constituency.
The election court today ruled that Khairuddin had failed to prove that certain discrepancies in the election forms that he had raised had affected the final result on May 9, 2018.
Ahmad had successfully defended the Jasin seat with a 219-vote majority in a three-cornered fight in the last general election.
Ahmad polled 26,650 votes against Khairuddin’s 26,341 votes, while PAS candidate Abd Alim Shapie received 8,860 votes.
Khairuddin filed his petition after May 9, claiming discrepancies in the electoral forms, as some of the documents did not have the signature of the returning officer while others had the signatures of the candidate’s agents.
He also claimed that more ballot papers were issued than the number of votes cast.
More than 40 people testified in the hearing that took 25 days.