Azmin: “Investigation needed.”

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has raised concerns over developments in the party elections, saying that complaints lodged against the e-voting process indicate that it was unstable.

He called on the party’s central election committee (JPP) to investigate all reports and to ensure free and fair polls so that the outcome would be transparent.

He also urged party leaders to stay out of any such investigation and not to interfere in the election process.

“You can’t deny the fact that there are so many complaints on the ground.

“Recently, Sarawak came out with a statutory declaration (SD) to show how serious it is – the rigging and cheating, while the process and system are not stable,” Azmin told reporters at the Parliament lobby Wednesday (Oct 24).

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had on Tuesday said the party would maintain its e-voting system despite the complaints and claims of irregularities.

Azmin, who is running for the No 2 post against Rafizi Ramli, said his branch had experienced similar problems with the new e-voting system.

“Over the last three to four weeks, there were many complaints to suggest that the Internet (connection) was not stable and votes went missing, even in my own branch in Gombak.

“How do you explain when you produce QR codes numbering almost 1,700, but the result do not tally?

“Something is not right there – you can’t just dismiss it, but the JPP must conduct a fair investigation.

“That is the demand of our members.

“The JPP should not take any directive from leaders. They should be independent and conduct a free investigation,” said Azmin.

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