Khalid supporters want recount for Kuala Selangor polls

Khalid supporters want recount for Kuala Selangor polls
Selangor's Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in his office in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

SHAH ALAM - Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's supporters want a recount for the PKR Kuala Selangor division chief polls, which saw the Selangor Mentri Besar defeated by his challenger S. Manikavasagam.

Khalid's political secretary Azman Abidin said it was puzzling because Khalid was leading when electricity was cut off at the party headquarters in Tropicana where the counting took place early yesterday.

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.

Manikavasagam clinched 701 votes to Khalid's 515. 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, as well as Wanita and Youth wings.

"It is a clean sweep. And I couldn't ask for a better birthday present," said Manikavasagam, who turns 49 today.

The division polls were held on Saturday but votes were tallied in the wee hours of yesterday 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).

Manikavasagam attributed the clean sweep to the will of the division members for change.

Manikavasagam almost lost his chance to contest when the party suspended his membership for highlighting concerns over money politics in the media. The party lifted his suspension and allowed him to contest after he pleaded his case with material evidence.

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.

Fourteen more divisions in Selangor and Sabah will hold their polls tomorrow.

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