The High Court in Seremban has dismissed the preliminary objections of Umno deputy president and former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hasan towards an election petition filed by PKR's Dr S Streram. The judge ordered a full trial to begin on Sept 12.
Streram filed the petition after he was not allowed to submit his nomination papers for the Rantau state seat in the 14th general election on April 28. As a result, Mohamad won the seat uncontested.
Justice Azimah Omar did not reveal the grounds for her decision.
However, according to Streram’s lawyer Rafique Rashid Ali, all eight objections from Mohamad's counsel Mohd Hafarizam Harun were rejected by the court today.
"The first trial has been fixed for three days beginning Sept 12 and we have eight witnesses including Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun," he told Malaysiakini.
He said Hafarizam told the court that he has three witnesses, while the Election Commission has three other witnesses.
In his petition, Streram named Mohamad, Amino Agus Suyub, the returning officer for Rantau state seat and the Election Commission as respondents.
The EC and Amino will not be represented by the Attorney-General's Chambers and they will have to appoint lawyers to appear for them.
Streram, a PKR member, claimed he was wilfully obstructed and thereafter systematically deprived of submitting his nomination papers for the Rantau state seat for the 14th general election (GE14).
Rafique said Justice Azimah also heard preliminary objections to Bersatu candidate Kamarulzaman Kamdias' election petition, following a challenge by Jempol MP Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif from BN.
Justice Azimah fixed Sept 12 to deliver her decision.