Dompok seeks to quash petition


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 May 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok is seeking to quash an election petition to annul the results of the Ranau parliamentary seat in the March 21 polls. 

Dompok, in his notice of motion filed by counsel Datuk Douglas Primus at the High Court registry here yesterday, said the petition by defeated Ranau independent candidate Ruhimin Adzim @ Ruhimin Ajim should be dismissed as it did not comply with certain sections of the Election Petition Rules 1954. 

Among others, Dompok claimed that the notice on Ruhimin's petition was posted on the High Court notice board after the stipulated period of 15 days from the day the petition documents were filed on April 30. 

Ruhimin, in his petition, named Barisan Nasional candidate Dompok and returning officer Amri Suratman as the first and second respondents respectively. 

 

In the elections, Dompok who secured 7,547 votes in the Ranau constituency of 27,211 voters defeated three other contenders, including Ruhimin who obtained 6,160 votes. 

 

In his petition, Ruhimin claimed that Dompok or his agents had committed corrupt practices by distributing money and water tanks to voters on or before polling day.  

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