EC: No issue with PN’s candidacy as it’s registered

by AZREEN HANI / pic by BERNAMA

PERIKATAN Nasional (PN) is a registered entity and there is no issue for the coalition’s candidates to contest in the upcoming Sabah election, said Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.

Abdul Ghani told The Malaysian Reserve that there is no issue or necessity for the commission to disqualify any of PN’s candidates as they are contesting under a legitimate banner.

“There is no issue (with PN) as far as we are concerned because they have been registered with the RoS (Registrar of Societies),” he said when contacted yesterday.

However, when asked to comment on no records for PN or the names of political parties under the coalition in the RoS’ online database, the newly-appointed EC chairman said it is not within the commission’s jurisdiction.

“For us, they are already registered after the Slim by-election, if I am not mistaken. At our end, everything is in order,” Abdul Ghani said.

Yesterday, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the RoS to clarify whether PN is formally recognised as a political party.

“If PN has yet to be officially registered, I urge the EC to take immediate action and cancel all nominees who are contesting under the PN ticket,” PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said in a statement.

“If candidates from an illegal organisation are allowed to contest, this would be an insult to the democratic parliamentary system in Malaysia and for the people, especially those in Sabah.”

Prior to this, PKR deputy youth chief Syed Badli Shah Syed Osman also alleged that PN is not registered with the RoS, based on his checks on the RoS’ online database.

“I urge the RoS to reveal the registration status of PN,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the RoS said PN’s registration was approved under the political category effective Aug 7.

It said the registration certificate, logo and constitution of the party had been signed and submitted to PN upon approval of the coalition’s registration.

“The PN party had been approved on Aug 7, under the category of politics, in line with the Societies Act 1966 provision,” it said in a statement.

The RoS added that the successful registration could not be found on its website as its system would be automatically updated every two months, which means that PN’s data would appear on the website in early October.

“However, the information on the party, found in the eROSES system, can only be accessed by the secretary of the party.”

PN is fielding 29 candidates in the 16th state election, under the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah grand coalition comprising Barisan Nasional parties and Parti Bersatu Sabah, among others.

Bernama reported that Sabah police have so far approved 257 political talk permits out of 264 applications from political parties.

Sabah Criminal Investigation Department deputy chief ACP Tan Boon Sing said a total of seven applications were rejected, five of which were incomplete, while the rest were withdrawn by the applicants.