YB Manikavasagam : PKR elections must be clean and fair

Posted on October 1, 2010

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I received the following press statement from the office of YB Manikavasagam about 5 minutes ago.

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I am very disturbed by the recent events in the party – right from the ruckus and voting manipulations at the divisional elections to the recent statement issued by party vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye against PKR FT chief Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

I feel the party and its office bearers have failed to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy in holding a free and fair elections.

While I had anticipated some stuttering problems in conducting the path-breaking ‘one-member, one-vote’ elections, I am very saddened by the fact that the entire elections process has been hijacked by certain people.

I urge other senior party leaders such as Dr Lee Boon Chye to retain a neutral ground and stop issuing statements to attack other contenders, including Zaid Ibrahim.

Dr Lee must realise that he is also in the contest for a top post and he should not be seen as trying to campaign to win votes by undermining others.

Once again, I hope the party can put its house in order for the coming divisional elections this weekend so that our party does not become the laughing stock in the country.

I also urge everyone to ensure that our elections are conducted in a clean and fair manner. We should not be criticising the Election Commission over the manner it conducts the elections in this country when we ourselves can’t do a good job.

S. Manikavasagam

MP for Kapar

Member, Majlis Pimpinan Pusat, PKR

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