Malaysiakini.com reports, Justice Zainal Adzam Abdul Ghani today ruled that Barisan Nasional's victory in Sanglang in the March 8 general election was invalid.
Umno's candidate Abdullah Hassan won the seat with a majority of 149 votes, bagging 3,384 votes as opposed to Hashim Jasin's 3,235. Hashim, who is Perlis PAS commissioner, claimed that he should have won Sanglang based on initial Election Commission records.
He said that he should be declared the winner as the vote tallied from all counting centres showed that he had polled 3,333 votes against Abdullah's 3,286 and had thus won by a 47-vote majority.
This decision may pave way to a by-election. If it happens, the by-election will be a test of Abdullah's popularity and BN's ability to restore its battered pride. Today, the coalition is threatened by possible defections which may not necessary strengthening the PR but surely to weaken BN.
If BN performs badly in the Sanglang by-election, Abdullah's days in office may be further shortened.
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