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PKR polls: Azmin, Saifuddin to be hauled up for allegedly criticising other candidates

PETALING JAYA: Deputy president hopefuls for the upcoming PKR elections, Azmin Ali and Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, will be hauled up by the party election committee for criticising other candidates during recent media interviews.

Stricter rules imposed on PKR election candidates

PETALING JAYA: PKR election director Datuk Johari Abdul has warned candidates against voicing their grievances to the media with regard the upcoming party election.

India votes in world's biggest election

Dibrugarh, India (AFP) - The first Indian voters head to the polls Monday for the world's biggest election, set to sweep the opposition Hindu nationalists to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest.

Race-based voting a step back

I am immensely thankful that I represent a diverse parliamentary constituency. Serdang is racially diverse comprising 49% Chinese, 40% Malay, 11% Indian and 1% other voters.

Ex-Fiji PM convicted on tax charges, out of election

SUVA, Fiji: The leader of one of Fiji's main opposition parties, former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, was convicted on tax charges Friday, ruling him out of this year's election in the coup-plagued Pacific nation.

Survey: Indonesia opposition to top legislative polls

JAKARTA: Indonesia's main opposition party is set to win a convincing victory at legislative elections next week, boosted by the nomination of the popular Jakarta governor as their presidential candidate, a poll showed.

Amma, Didi, Behenji: India's female kingmakers

PONDICHERRY, India: The makeup of India's next government could lie in the hands of a trio of women who command a massive following in their regional heartlands, including a populist former movie star known as "Mother" to supporters.

New Zealand PM calls September 20 election

WELLINGTON:  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday called a general election for September 20, when his centre-right government will seek a third term in office on a platform of strong economic management.

Thailand begins re-runs of troubled elections

PHETCHABURI , Thailand: Polls opened peacefully in five Thai provinces Sunday for re-runs of a widely disrupted general election, authorities said, in the first move to complete a troubled vote that could provide a mandate for a new government.

Court dismisses election petition against Ahmad Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi succeeded in retaining his Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat after the Election Court allowed his preliminary objection against two petitions filed by a registered voter of the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency and a candidate during the 13th General Election.

Kejriwal quits as Delhi chief minister after 49 days

Only 49 days after his upstart Aam Aadmi ("Common Man") Party took power in the capital, Kejriwal resigned on Friday night when the country's two main parties combined to thwart his efforts to bring in a new anti-corruption bill.

Pakatan Rakyat fails in bid to declare GE13 invalid

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has failed in its bid to declare the outcome of all 222 parliamentary seats in the 13th general election invalid.

Bangkok tense on Thai election eve

Thailand is gearing up to stage touchpaper polls on Sunday despite a boycott by the main opposition party and disruption from demonstrators bent on preventing the likely re-election of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Kajang by-election: Confusion in Pakatan over Anwar move

PETALING JAYA: A number of Pakatan leaders claimed to be in the dark over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s move to contest in the Kajang by-election, even as other leaders voiced their support for his decision.

Election Commission seeks to strike out civil suit over GE13 results

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has no jurisdiction to decide on a civil suit over election disputes, a Senior Federal Counsel argued on Monday.

India's Rahul Gandhi hints at PM candidate role

The 43-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has dominated India's post-independence politics, is typically evasive when asked about his future plans and role.

N. Korea to hold parliamentary vote in March

The presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) decided the election - held every five years - would take place on March 9, the North's official KCNA news agency said.

2013: Controversies, transformation, leadership change mark political parties’ polls

KUALA LUMPUR: The year 2013 has been significant for some of the main political parties in the country as they saw top leadership changes, one party experienced a major transformation in its election process, while others were still mired in controversies and internal squabbles.

Chua playing cards close to his chest

THE media has been at its wits’ end trying to get MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to reveal his favourite candidates for the party’s top two posts.

MCA polls: 72 chase 31 positions in Saturday’s MCA polls

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA elections on Saturday will be a crowded race with 72 candidates vying for 31 posts.

Thai opposition torn between elections and 'revolution'

It is a contradiction that highlights the dilemma facing Thailand's oldest - but by no means most popular - political party, the Democrats, whose lawmakers recently resigned en masse from parliament to join opposition street protests.

MCA must protect Chinese interests

KULAIJAYA: The MCA must be the first to voice out on the affairs of the Chinese community, said its Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Chua: I will not seek re-election

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek will not defend his MCA president’s post at the party elections on Dec 21.

Apex court gives parties until Dec 12 to settle election petitions

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has set Dec 12 for parties to inform it if they can reach a settlement over 19 election petitions, failing which the apex court will hear the merits of the petitions.

Heng: Anwar is a political chameleon

PUTRAJAYA: MCA leaders have scoffed at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged turnabout over claims of 40,000 voters, purportedly Bangladesh nationals, brought into the country to vote for Barisan Nasional in the May general election. MCA deputy national organising secretary Datuk Heng Seai Kie called Anwar a “political chameleon” for creating “all forms of political speculation” to score political mileage. “Anwar altering his stand is common. On July 4 (last year), Anwar pledged that should Pakatan Rakyat fail to take over the Federal Government after GE13, he would quit politics and go overseas to lecture. “Today, more than six months have passed since GE13, (but) Anwar refuses to step down,” Heng said in a statement yesterday. MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok said the Opposition had attempted to discredit Barisan with baseless allegations even before GE13. Loh said Pakatan leaders had hurled accusations against Barisan through their supporters via social media. “Now we see Anwar shirking his responsibility by denying his claims of foreign voters, when in the past he and other Pakatan leaders had no qualms about letting their supporters run loose on the Internet to use these allegations of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters to discredit Barisan. “They also maliciously edited pictures of our nation’s leaders to make it seem that their allegations were true, thus gaining more support for Pakatan during the elections. The statements from the MCA leaders came following Anwar’s claim on Wednesday that the Opposition had never made such remarks about 40,000 dubious voters originating from Bangladesh. A day earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had poked fun at the Opposition during his visit to the Bangladesh capital, saying that even Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had found the allegation to be impossible.

Pro-ulama factor in PAS Youth

The PAS Youth wing has set the tone for the party election by voting in an ulama-dominated team that intends to defend the role of the religious scholars in their party.

PAS polls: Voting begins for top posts in women's wing

The voting for the party's women’s wing is being held at Dewan Jubli Perak, the state secretariat building here.

Nepal holds elections key to peace process

"Voting has begun all over the country," Bir Bahadur Rai, a spokesman for the election commission, told AFP.

MIC polls: Intense battle for Youth and Wanita chief posts

KUALA LUMPUR: In less than 24 hours, 560 delegates each from the MIC Youth and Wanita wings will elect their respective national leaders to represent them for the next three-year term.

BN, Pakatan to discuss 'global settlement' over 19 pending election petition appeals

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat are in discussions over a possible "global settlement" on 19 election petition appeals that are pending at the Federal Court for determination.