By Zefry Dahalan
SEREMBAN: Zaid Ibrahim has outclassed Azmin Ali in the race for the PKR deputy presidency, at least in three of the party’s divisions in Negeri Sembilan.
In the contest for PKR’s youth leadership, Badrul Hisham Shaharin aka Chegu Bard wins in all three divisions, garnering 77 votes at Tampin, 39 in Rembau and 41 in Teluk Kemang.
In Rembau, Chegu Bard wiped out his rival, Shamsul Iskandar Mat Akin. No one there voted for Shamsul Iskandar. He got six votes in Tampin and four in Teluk Kemang.
The most popular vice-presidential hopefuls in Tampin and Teluk Kemang are Nurul Izzah Anwar and N Gobalakrishnan.
Tampin voted for Gobalakrishnan with 117 votes, Nurul Izzah (116), Fuziah Salleh (105) and Dr Mansor Othman (66).
Nurul Izzah leads with her 96 votes in Teluk Kemang, which gave 89 to Gobalakrishnan, 87 to Mansor Othman and 86 to Xavier Jayakumar.
She leads again in Rembau, with 44 votes against Fuziah’s 39, Jonson Chong’s 30 and Tian Chua’s 26.
For the 20-seat supreme council, Rembau chose Abdul Rahman Yusof, Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, Ahmad Nizam Hamid, Aminuddin Harun, Badrul Amin, Chai Tong Chai, Elizabeth Wong, Felicia Ling, Kalakau Untol, Low Chee Chong, M Ravi, Muzaffar Shah, Nicholas Bawin Anggat, Onn Abu Bakar, Rohani Bakar, Salma Ismail, Shariffuddin Budin, Siti Aishah, Suhaimi Said and Zulkifly Ibrahim.
In the race for deputy youth chief, Teja Assemblymen Chang Lih Kang is the leading contender in Tampin (79 votes) and Rembau (35 votes), where Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin received four and two votes. The result from Teluk Kemang is not yet available.
In the contests for chief and deputy chief of the women’s wing, only the results from Rembau are available. Aminah Ferrar received 12 votes against incumbent Zuraida Kamaruddin’s five. Another contender, Suraya Sudin, did not get any vote.
For the post of deputy women’s chief, Asmah Abdul Kadir received nine votes and Rodziah Ismail six.
Azmin in overall lead
However the overall results of PKR's first round polls over the weekend was not in favour of Zaid as Azmin emerged with more than a 500-vote lead.
Azmin, largely seen as party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim's annointed successor, has garnerd 3,051 votes, as opposed to Zaid Ibrahim's 2,529 votes. The third contender, Mustaffa Kamil Ayub, managed to gain 1,149 votes.
These figures were released by PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail during a press conference at the party headquarters today.
The next round of polls will take place next weekend.