Three months into PKR polls, Azmin still leading No.2 race

Azmin Ali is currently leading with 21,066 votes while the Selangor mentri besar trails behind with 17,607 votes. — Picture by choo choy may
Azmin Ali is currently leading with 21,066 votes while the Selangor mentri besar trails behind with 17,607 votes. — Picture by choo choy may

PETALING JAYA, July 9 — Azmin Ali is still leading PKR’s deputy presidency race, as official results released moments ago puts him at a 3,458-vote lead ahead from challenger Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Azmin, who is the incumbent, is currently leading with 21,066 votes while the Selangor mentri besar trails behind with 17,607 votes.

Another candidate, outgoing party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, managed to obtain only 9, 944 votes.

The updated June 28 results come amid rising complaints and grouses from party members regarding the opposition party’s prolonged election exercise, which gone on for slightly more than three months.

PKR election committee chief Datuk Johari Abdul told reporters today the party hopes to complete the entire polls process by the third week of August.

He previously said it would be completed by August 10.

“We hope to be able to announce the full result during PKR’s party congress which will take place on August 22, 23 and 24 at Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam,” the Sungai Petani MP said.

According to Johari, PKR has spent RM500,000 so far for its elections, despite complaints that the opposition party was ill-equipped to carry out its “one-man one-vote” system.

Incumbents Nurul Izzah Anwar and Chua Tian Chang are currently leading in the race for the vice-presidency, with 27,031 and 20,480 votes respectively.

Outgoing PKR youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin and Seri Andalas assemblyman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar have received 18,777 and 17,587 votes respectively, putting them in the third and fourth place.

Outgoing PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli is trailing behind Jeyakumar with 17,461 votes.

Johari said the Puchong and Kelana Jaya branches have yet to hold re-elections, and will do so on August 10.

“Results from the Pensiangan branch in Sabah is already known, but has yet to be endorsed by the central leadership committee,” he said.

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