Saturday June 28, 2008
Teja election petition dismissed
By CHRISTINA KOH
IPOH: The Ipoh High Court has dismissed with costs Barisan Nasional candidate Yew Sau Kham’s election petition to declare the result of the Teja state constituency null and void.
Election judge Siti Mariah Ahmad also allowed with costs the preliminary objections raised by the three respondents.
They were Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang, the returning officer Ahmad Kamaruzzaman Hamzah and the Election Commission (EC).
Yew had filed the petition on April 25 challenging the results of the Teja seat, which she lost to Chang from the PKR by 175 votes.
Among the grounds Siti Mariah gave when dismissing the petition yesterday was that the petitioner had failed to plead specific facts regarding an inflammatory election billboard which was allegedly erected by PKR and illegally printed without the printer’s name.
“There are no material facts to support the petitioner’s allegation of corrupt practice,” she said yesterday.
The petitioner also had no material facts to support allegations of corrupt practice aided by an electricity blackout that supposedly affected the results of the election during the counting period, she added.
The judge also discounted Yew’s argument that the March 8 result was invalid because a registered female voter had not been allowed to vote at the Lawan Kuda Timur polling station.
Even if the woman were to be allowed to vote, it would not change the results of the election because it would just reduce the majority by one vote, she added.
“After taking into the account the submissions of both parties, the court has decided to allow with costs the preliminary objects of the respondents and to dismiss the petition with costs,” she said.