KOTA BAHARU: The Election Court here yesterday upheld Barisan Nasional’s (BN) victories in Ketereh (Parliament), Air Lanas state seat and Kok Lanas state seat after rejecting petitions filed by PKR and PAS.
Judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara also rejected petitions filed by BN for the Mengkebang and Manek Urai state seats, won by PAS.
John Louis rejected all five petitions on the basis that the petitions had failed to comply with several regulations in accordance with Rule 9 of the Election Petition Rules 1954.
He rejected all petitions with cost.
For the Ketereh, John Louis ordered the petitioner Ab Aziz Ab Kadir to pay RM40,000 to the first respondent, Tan Sri Annuar Musa and RM25,000 each to the second and third respondents.
The second respondent is an Election Management Officer while the third is the Election Commission.
For the Air Lanas state seat, petitioner Mustapha Deris was ordered to pay RM30,000 to Air Lanas assemblyman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed while the petitioner for Kok Lanas, Shaberi Mohd Zain, was ordered to pay RM30,000 to Kok Lanas assemblyman Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad and RM25,000 each to the second and third respondents.
Meanwhile, for Mengkebang, petitioner Azizzuddin Hussein was directed to pay RM30,000 to PAS assemblyman Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman and for the Manek Urai state seat, petitioner Che Jalal Che Muda was also ordered to pay RM30,000 to PAS assemblyman Mohd Fauzi Abdullah.
In the 13th general election, Annuar defeated PKR candidate Ab Aziz Ab Kadir by 974 votes for the Ketereh parliamentary seat; Air Lanas state seat was won by Mustapa, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister by beating PAS candidate Abdullah Ya’kub by 47 votes.
In Kok Lanas, Md Alwi defeated Nik Mahadi Nik Mahmood from PAS by 169 votes while Abdul Latiff from PAS won in Mengkebang by defeating BN candidate Azizzuddin Hussein by a 1,072-vote majority.
Manek Urai state seat was won by PAS with a majority of 1,633 votes against BN’s Che Jalal Che Muda. — Bernama