Friday, January 16, 2009

KT Bye-Election: Abuse attempt surfaces in Bye-Election

"Yesterday, the day I landed in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu PAS deputy commissioner Wan Mutalib Embong claimed that Mat Razali had abused his position to influence his 500 council staff to vote for BN. Claiming to have proof, PAS has also lodged a report with the Election Commission and the police."

"The Election Commission held a special meeting with Razali today (Thursday) and after carefully studying his reasons for resigning, we have accepted his request to pull out as the returning officer for the Kuala Terengganu by-election with immediate effect," he said.

PAS on Wednesday had accused Razali of having committed offences under the Election Offences Act.

"Kuala Terengganu mayor Datuk Mat Razali Kassim has withdrawn as the returning officer for the Kuala Terengganu."

"...he refuted that his withdrawing as the returning officer had anything to do with the opposition filing complaints against him that he had campaigned for the Barisan Nasional when addressing a gathering of City Hall's staff. ..."

"Complaints from PAS that the head of the local election commission had encouraged civil servants to vote for the government resulted in his replacement on Thursday.

Over 6,000 police -- nearly one for every 12 voters -- have been drafted into this sleepy city to prevent what the authorities say could be a repeat of violence in September last year in which two PAS supporters were shot during a rally."

Reuters India

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