PUTRAJAYA, 16 Sept 2008: The Federal Court here today confirmed the election of Datuk Harun Taib of PAS to the Manir state seat after dismissing with costs the election petition of the Barisan Nasional candidate, Wan Sagar Wan Embong.
Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Alaudin Mohamed Sheriff and Federal Court judges Datuk Arifin Zakaria and Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin unanimously affirmed the order of the High Court that Wan Sagar’s petition to nullify the Manir election result in Terengganu was defective.
They held that the corrupt practice allegedly committed by the agents of Harun, the PAS candidate, as pleaded in Wan Sagar’s petition must be specific to succeed in his petition.
Justice Zulkefli, who delivered the judgment, said the High Court judge was correct in his decision that the petition was defective as it did not contain particulars of the alleged corrupt practice.
Wan Sagar is appealing against the decision of the High Court which on 25 May 2008 allowed Harun’s preliminary objection and held that Wan Sagar’s petition to nullify the Manir election result in Terengganu was defective as it did not contain particulars of corrupt practice, and summarily struck out the petition.
Harun won the seat with a 406-vote majority in the 8 March general election.
Harun was represented by counsel Mohd Ariff Yusof while counsel Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin acted for Wan Sagar. – Bernama