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Tuesday February 26, 2008

Another withdrawal, another uncontested BN win

MYT 5:27:47 PM

KUCHING: Barisan Nasional won the Igan parliamentary seat uncontested after independent candidate Junak Jawek, the sole challenger, withdrew Tuesday. 

This brings to five the number of seats for Barisan in Sarawak. The coalition bagged four of the 31 parliamentary seats unopposed on nomination day. 

The returning officer for Igan James Chas said Junak submitted his withdrawal notice at the Matu district office at 12.45pm. 

He said the candidate did not give any reason for his withdrawal. 

Igan, one of three new seats in Sarawak, now goes to the Barisan candidate Datuk Wahab Dolah. Wahab was formerly the MP for Kuala Rajang, which has now been renamed Tanjong Manis after Igan was carved out of it. 

Junak, 56, previously stood as an independent candidate in Sarikei in the 2004 parliamentary election and in Meradong in the 2006 state election. 

He lost his deposit on both occasions as he only polled 864 votes in 2004 and 117 votes in 2006. 

The seats won by Barisan on nomination day were Tanjong Manis, Kanowit, Selangau and Kapit.

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