PETALING JAYA: Claims against PKR’s incumbent deputy president Azmin Ali for alleged involvement in vote tempering in the Batang Sadong division polls in Sarawak will be investigated, said PKR Election Committee chief Johari Abdul.
Johari said that he will be flying to Sarawak today to investigate the matter.
He said the complaint against Azmin was lodged by Badrul Hisham Shaharin (popularly known as Che Bard) and several others following a blackout incident at the counting centre.
Explaining the incident to reporters here during a press conference today, Johari said: “Since the area (Batang Sadong) is remote, it was decided that the (division) polls will be conducted at a budget hotel.
“What happen was that party workers counted the ballot papers in a room and when two Central Committee (MPP) candidates wanted to witness the process, there was a delay from them to open the door.
“So the two MPP candidates took pictures because they believed there was vote tempering and rigging.
“Coincidentally, there was also a black out in that area during that time,” said Johari who is also the Sungai Petani MP.
Johari however declined to name the two MPP candidates who took photos.
Badrul has been calling for Azmin to be barred from defending his position, saying he has video and photo evidence of Azmin’s involvement in vote tempering.
“Seeing as we have evidence of the incident involving the Batang Sadong branch now, I urge (PKR elections director) Johari Abdul and the Central Leadership Council (MPP) to take stern action and withdraw his candidacy,” Badrul was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile unofficial results from last weekend’s balloting showed Azmin having a comfortable lead over his contenders Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and party secretary general Saifuddin Nasution.
Azmin is in a three cornered fight for the deputy presidency of PKR.
Thus far, he has reportedly secured 59% of the votes in Sarawak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor and Malaca.
Khalid has garnered 25% of the votes while Saifuddin secured 16%.