June 4, 2023

Changes expected in PKR election results following forensic audit, says Kapar MP

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PKR members can expect some changes when the forensic audit of the party’s election results is disclosed, says Kapar MP and PKR central committee member Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

Abdullah said he expected there might be some changes after the party’s leadership met the forensic auditors.

“They had briefed us what they were doing and I could tell from their explanation that we have to accept some changes,’’ said Abdullah Sani when contacted.

He added from the explanation given by the auditors, there appeared to be some manipulation during the party polls last month.

According to Abdullah Sani, some of the outcomes of the polls were very strange and did not have any basis.

“There is this division in Selangor where the division chief lost but all the others he had endorsed won.

“Meaning his entire team was in but he was out,’’ said Abdullah Sani.

Disgruntled party members called for the forensic audit after allegations of foul play emerged.

One of those who demanded for a forensic audit was former Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak who lost to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari for the party’s Gombak division chief post.

Farhash claimed he and his team had strong evidence indicating there were discrepancies in the tallying of the results.

Sentosa assemblyman Gunaraj George said it was crucial for the forensic audit results, that will be unravelled, to be accepted by all party members.

“There were incidents whereby the votes only came in after the physical voting was closed.

“Hopefully, the forensic audit will reveal if this was due to a system glitch or manipulated foul play. It is important to know the cause of the delay,’’ he added.

Party veteran Tian Chua said he heard the internal auditing will be completed by June 19.

“It is up to the party’s central committee leadership to decide whether they want to fully or partially accept the audit results or not accept it at all,’’ he said.

Party sources said the call for the internal audit was mainly due to Rafizi Ramli’s stunning win of the deputy president’s post.

“They cannot fathom how someone who had literally left the party for a few years can return and win big,’’ said a source.

He added the big support for Rafizi’s opponent, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, from party members further made his (Saifuddin’s) defeat puzzling.

However, there are others from within the party who attribute Rafizi’s win to the need for change in PKR.

“Rafizi won handsomely because people wanted to see a change in the party administration as well as the creation of a new path for PKR’s future direction,’’ he added.

He said Rafizi had frowned upon several things that took place after Pakatan Harapan’s big win in the 2018 polls and what transpired subsequently had proven that his reservations were justified.

“This is what won Rafizi all those votes,’’ he added.