KUALA LUMPUR: The PKR election committee must determine whether the former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who has two convictions, can take part in the party elections.
PKR President Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the deputy prime minister, responded to a question from reporters in the lobby of Parliament.
She was asked daily in The Sun about a front page message that a party ordinance did not allow someone who was convicted to take part in party elections.
The newspaper, citing a source, had reported that PKR had the option to be logged off if it allowed Rafizi to fight. Rafizi challenges the position of vice president against the incumbent Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Minister of Economic Affairs.
It reported that the source said that Rafizi had two convictions, that in 2016 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Sessions Court for unauthorized possession of the 1MDB audit report and exposed it to the media, and at the beginning of this year to 30 months in prison for uncovering bank accounts relating to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) and the chairman Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamad Salleh Ismail.
The newspaper had cited the source with the comment that Rafizi claimed to have received special permission from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to fight in the polls.
Meanwhile, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, when approached by Bernama, said he was awaiting feedback from RoS on Rafizi's position before making any comment.
Approximately 800,000 PKR members will vote in the party elections scheduled from 14 September to 13 October.
PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won the position of president uncontested when the nominations were closed on August 5 – Bernama