KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah of Barisan Nasional remains the Member of Parliament for Jasin after the Election Court here today rejected a petition filed by Pakatan Harapan candidate for the seat in the 14th general election (GE14), Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
Judge Abu Bakar Jais dismissed the petition after finding that Khairuddin had failed to prove that the element of non-compliance under the Election Offences Act 1954 had affected the result of the election.
“Statutory provision of Section 32 (b) Election Offences Act 1954 requires this (non-compliance) to be proven. Since the petitioner is relying on this ground, it cannot be disputed. It must be proven the non-compliance had affected the result and (in this case) it was not proven.
“Furthermore, none of the polling agents and candidates had objected during vote counting and they had wholeheartedly accepted the election result. They saw with their own eyes every vote given to the candidates,“ he said.
Abu Bakar ordered Khairuddin to pay costs totalling RM400,000 — RM200,000 to Ahmad as the first respondent, and RM200,000 to the second respondent, Jasin parliamentary seat returning officer Zamrud Yahya, and third respondent, the Election Commission (EC).
A total of 44 witnesses testified during the 25-day hearing.
Khairuddin, when met by reporters after the proceedings, said he would not appeal against the ruling and would continue to work for the welfare of the people in Jasin.
Ahmad said he was thankful for the court decision and would continue to discharge his duty as the MP.
In GE14, Khairuddin lost to Ahmad by a 219-vote majority in a three-cornered fight. Ahmad retained the seat when he obtained 26,560 votes, while Khairuddin had 26,341 and PAS candidate Abd Alim Shapie, 8,860 votes.
Khairuddin filed the petition in June last year asking the court to declare the GE14 result null and void and to order a fresh election to be held, alleging that the BN candidate was not elected legally.
Khairuddin was represented by lawyer V. Muniandy while Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun represented Ahmad and Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin represented Zamrud and the EC.
In MALACCA, state PH chairman Adly Zahari said the party respected the decision of the Election Court and would continue to serve the people in Jasin and also the whole of Malacca.
“We respect the Election Court’s ruling that the Jasin parliamentary seat win of Datuk Ahmad Hamzah is valid,“ said Adly, who is Malacca Chief Minister, in a statement on his Facebook page tonight. — Bernama