Poll rules to en­sure fair­ness

Zu­raida: New guide­lines aim to re­duce fid­dling be­tween of­fi­cers and vot­ers

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By ZAKIAH KOYA news­desk@thes­tar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR:

New rules to tighten the on­go­ing PKR election process will be im­ple­mented be­gin­ning to­day.

The rules, agreed to by the PKR cen­tral election com­mit­tee (JPP), were aimed at re­duc­ing the fid­dling be­tween polling of­fi­cers and party vot­ers, said out­go­ing Wanita chief Zu­raida Ka­marud­din.

“This is to make sure that there will be no more cases of polling of­fi­cers be­ing friendly with party vot­ers. It will en­sure that polling of­fi­cers do not pres­sure the e-vot­ers, or press the tab for them to avoid sus­pi­cions which may make the re­sults un­fair,” she told re­porters at a UN World Habi­tat Day event at PPR Beringin here yes­ter­day.

She did not elab­o­rate on what the rules were.

Se­lan­gor, which has one of the high­est num­bers of PKR mem­bers at 22,000, is set to e-vote from to­day to Oct 28 in three stages.

It will be closely watched as the out­come will tip the cur­rent re­sults be­tween in­cum­bent deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Rafizi Ramli.

Af­ter five states have cast their votes, Azmin and Rafizi are neck and neck in their race to be the PKR deputy pres­i­dent.

Last week, Zu­raida, who is con­test­ing the vice-pres­i­dent’s post, raised the is­sue of neu­tral­ity of polling of­fi­cers, claim­ing that there were those among them who be­long to cer­tain camps.

There were also videos cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia al­leg­ing that polling of­fi­cers were as­sist­ing party mem­bers to e-vote.

On the sud­den in­crease of mem­bers in cer­tain branches, Zu­raida said the mat­ter had also been con­veyed to the JPP and they would let the com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gate it.

The Ju­lau branch in Sarawak saw its mem­ber­ship spiked from only 603 on June 26 to 13,000 a day later.

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