Hadi to continue serving as Marang MP as Appeals Court dismisses BN's petition

PUTRAJAYA: Pas president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang will continue to serve as the Marang member of parliament.

This is after the Court of Appeal today dismissed Barisan Nasional candidate Jasmira Othman's attempt to unseat Hadi from the post for alleged corruption when campaigning during the 15th general election (GE15).

A three-member bench of the Appellate Court led by its president Tan Sri Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim said the appellant failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

Jasmira is appealing to overturn the Terengganu Election Court's in upholding Hadi's victory during GE15.

On June 27, Judge Datuk Hassan Abdul Ghani held that Jasmira failed to prove that there were elements of corruption according to the Election Offences Act 1954.

On Jan 3, the Terengganu Umno filed a petition to nullify the results for the Kuala Terengganu, Marang parliamentary seats in GE15, among others, and had raised allegations in the petition that Pas had bribed voters by distributing financial aid from the state government through i-pension, i-Belia and i-Student initiatives from Nov 15 to 17, a few days before GE15.

In GE15, Hadi retained the Marang seat with a majority of 41,729 votes, defeating three other candidates, namely Jasmira, Azhar Ab Shukur (Pakatan Harapan) and Dr Zarawi Sulong (Parti Pejuang Tanah Air).

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