Friday, June 27, 2014

Khalid’s supporters clamouring for recount

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Menteri Besar’s political secretary Azman Abdullah smells something fishy in Saturday’s PKR Kuala Selangor division polls.

Former Kapar MP S Manikavasagam clinched 701 votes to Khalid’s 515 for the division chief’s post.
Azman said it was puzzling because Khalid was leading when electricity was cut off at the party’s headquarters in Tropicana where the counting took place early Sunday.

He claimed that after the power was restored two hours later, some 100 spoilt votes “miraculously” seemed to go to Manikavasagam.
“Checks with Tenaga Nasional Berhad showed that there was no supply interruption in Tropicana,” he said.
Khalid, however, managed to obtain more votes than incumbent Azmin Ali for the deputy president’s race.
Manikavasagam’s team won all the top posts in the division.
“It is a clean sweep. And I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present,” said Manikavasagam, who turned 49.
The division polls were held on Saturday but votes were tallied in the wee hours of Sunday at the party headquarters.
Others in Manikavasagam’s team who won in the divisional polls were David Selvam (Deputy chief), Nor Azhar Jamil (Vice-chief), D. Thalapathi (Youth chief), Azril Idris (Deputy Youth chief), V. Bobinath (Youth Vice-chief), Mariana Abdullah (Wanita chief), Latifah Sulaiman (Deputy Wanita chief) and K. Punithavathy (Wanita Vice-chief).
On the blackout, Manikavasagam said the polling agents were all there as witnesses.
“Everyone left the room after it was locked,” he said, adding that tallying resumed after midnight and ended at about 6am.