EC chief: Go to court if you doubt An­war’s el­i­gi­bil­ity

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

PORT DICKSON: The Election Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day hit out at those who still ques­tioned Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim’s el­i­gi­bil­ity to con­test the Port Dickson by-election.

Its chair­man, Azhar Az­izan Harun, said the com­mis­sion had clar­i­fied the mat­ter re­peat­edly, and if an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was to be car­ried out, it would take a long time.

He said EC re­ceived the nom­i­na­tion pa­per and let­ter of par­don by the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong from An­war and ac­cepted them.

“If they are not sat­is­fied, go to the court (and) I’ll let the court de­cide.

“They should un­der­stand that the nom­i­na­tion (process) only takes an hour.

“If we have to in­ves­ti­gate, it will take two to three months, or per­haps a year.

“So go to the court and ask the judge.”

Azhar said this af­ter vis­it­ing the polling cen­tre at SK Port Dickson here.

He said this in re­sponse to a state­ment by Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san, who ques­tioned An­war’s el­i­gi­bil­ity to con­test the par­lia­men­tary seat by-election as the PKR pres­i­dent-elect was not given a free par­don by the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

Takiyud­din said Pas did not deny the full par­don granted by Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V to An­war un­der Ar­ti­cle 42 of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, but EC failed to in­ter­pret the el­i­gi­bil­ity of the PKR pres­i­dent to con­test the by-election.

On Sept 28, a voter in Port Dickson, No­raziah Mohd Sharif, 38, filed an orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons seek­ing a court dec­la­ra­tion that An­war was not el­i­gi­ble to con­test any par­lia­men­tary seat, and on Oct 8, An­war filed an ap­pli­ca­tion to strike out the suit.

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