THE Court of Appeal today dismissed jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s suit over his right to vote in the Permatang Pauh by-election two years ago.
The three-man panel, chaired by Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, upheld a High Court decision on July 15, 2016, which rejected his bid for a declaration on his right to vote in the by-election on May 7, 2015.
“We reject the appeal with costs and uphold the High Court decision that rejected Anwar’s bid to allow him to vote,” Umi Kalthum said today.
Anwar, who was present at the court today, was ordered to pay the RM5,000 cost.
The High Court had on July 15, 2016, ruled that the Election Commission (EC) has no jurisdiction to bring Anwar to a polling station.
It held that the respective prisoner has to apply to the director-general of the Prisons Department to make the arrangements to allow a prisoner to vote.
On the eve of the May 7 Permatang Pauh by-election in 2015, Anwar sued the EC, its former chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, and the government, seeking a declaration that he is qualified to vote not only in the concluded Permatang Pauh by-election but also in any future elections.