BN keeps Lubok Merbau state seat


IPOH: The Lubok Merbau state seat will remain under Barisan Nasional, which won it during the 13th general election, after the Election Court here yesterday struck out with costs a petition filed by a voter to annul the result.

Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli struck out the petition after finding that the petitioner, Mohd Ridzuan Hasif, had failed to comply with Regulation 9 and 34 of the Election Petition Rules 1954.

“The petitioner did not comply with the rule where the election petition was filed by the legal firm, instead of the petitioner or his lawyer,” he added.

He ordered Mohd Ridzuan to pay costs of RM50,000 each to Lubok Merbau assemblywoman Datuk Siti Salmah Mat Jusak and the Election Commission (EC), named the first and second respondent, respectively, in the petition.

Lawyers Datuk Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamauddin and Abu Bakar As Sidiq represented Siti Salmah, while senior federal counsels Norazmi Mohd Narawi and Muhamad Anas Mahadzir represented the EC.

At yesterday’s proceeding, the lawyers representing Mohd Ridzuan were not allowed to make their submission as they had no locus standi and their names were not listed as lawyers for the petitioner.

Abdul Rahman said Mohd Ridzuan, as the petitioner,
could not represent himself and make his submission as it would not be in compliance with Regulation 9 of the Election Petition Rules. — Bernama