KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) 2022 elections kicked off today with 11,282 candidates vying for positions in the divisions, wings and central leadership.

PKR Election Committee (JPP) chairman Zaliha Mustafa said in-person voting officially opened today in Kelantan and Terengganu. It will be held tomorrow in Kedah and Johor.

“In-person voting will take place on Sunday in Pahang and the Federal Territories; on May 16 in Perlis, Penang, Melaka and Negri Sembilan and on May 21 in Selangor.

“Perak, Sabah and Sarawak will conduct in-person voting on May 22,” she said when contacted by Bernama today. 

Zaliha said online voting through the ADIL application, meanwhile, will take place on May 17 for those living abroad and from May 18-20 for other party members.

The focus of the elections, conducted in a hybrid manner for the first time in PKR’s history, will be on the number two post with secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and vice-president Rafizi Ramli fighting it out for the deputy presidency.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has retained the party presidency after being elected unopposed.

Also in the spotlight in this election is the contest for the four vice-president positions, which sees 17 candidates in the ring, including Selangor Mentri Besar and Selangor PKR chairman Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari and also Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar and state party chairman Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

Also vying for the vice-presidency are incumbent Chang Lih Kang, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil and women’s wing chief and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

Party organising secretary and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, former Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, former Perak deputy chief MA Tinagaran, former Kapar MP G Manivannan and Sentosa assemblyman G Gunaraj are also contesting the VP posts.

Unofficial results will be published on the party’s website within 24 hours after polling closes on May 22, while the official announcement will be made at the party’s National Congress on June 25, Zaliha said. — Bernama