The Terengganu Election Court yesterday annulled the victory of Kuala Terengganu MP Ahmad Amzad Hashim who represented PAS at the 15th general election (GE15).
Judge Mohd Firuz Jaffril said the petitioner, Barisan Nasional candidate Mohd Zubir Embong, succeeded in proving that corruption had taken place with the aim of influencing voters in GE15.
He said although the petitioner was not presented as a witness, other evidence was sufficient to declare the election in Kuala Terengganu null and void according to Section 36 of the Election Offences Act.
The court also ordered the respondent to pay RM50,000 to the petitioner and allowed the respondent to file an appeal within 14 days.
Ahmad Amzad was represented by lawyer Wan Rohimi Wan Daud while Zubir was represented by lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun.
On Jan 3 this year, Terengganu Umno filed a petition at the Kuala Terengganu High Court to annul the GE15 results for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in accordance with the Election Offences Act 1954.
According to Terengganu Umno chief Ahmad Said, among the points raised in the petition were allegations that PAS had bribed voters by distributing financial aid from the state government through the i-Pencen, i-Belia and i-Siswa initiatives between Nov 15 and 17, 2022, which was just a few days before GE15.
Ahmad Amzad won the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat in GE15 with a majority of 40,907 votes, defeating three other challengers including Zubir.
Meanwhile, Wan Rohimi said they would file a notice of appeal to the Federal Court soon after Aidiladha.