The Terengganu Election Court yesterday upheld the victory of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang in the Marang parliamentary constituency during the 15th general election (GE15).
Judge Hassan Abdul Ghani dismissed the election petition filed by Barisan Nasional candidate Jasmira Othman to challenge Hadi’s victory.
He said the petitioner failed to prove that there were elements of corruption according to the Election Offences Act 1954 and ordered Jasmira to pay RM50,000 in costs.
On Jan 3, Terengganu Umno filed a petition to annul the results for the Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Kemaman parliamentary seats in GE15.
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-Pension, i-Belia and i-Student initiatives from Nov 15 to 17, 2022, just a few days before GE15.
At GE15, Hadi retained the Marang seat with a majority of 41,729 votes, defeating three other candidates: Jasmira, Azhar Ab Shukur (Pakatan Harapan) and Zarawi Sulong (Pejuang).