KOTA KINABALU: The Election Court here has allowed an election petition for the Kota Marudu parliamentary seat.
Kuching High Court judge Datuk Yew Jen Kie, sitting as Election Court judge, struck out the preliminary objections to the petition raised by returning officer Lovita Koisun and the Election Commission.
Both have been named as second and third respondents respectively in the petition.
In his petition, defeated PKR candidate Datuk Maijol Mahap stated, among others, that his party’s polling agents did not receive the Form 14 used to record the number of votes obtained by each candidate and the number of spoilt ballots when they requested for it from the returning officer.
Justice Yew fixed for the petition to be heard beginning Aug 19.
The court, however, allowed preliminary objections of the petition’s first respondent, Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, who won the Kota Marudu seat with an 842-vote majority in the May 5 general election.
In his petition, Maijol alleged that Dr Maximus had not complied with the electoral rules.
Dr Maximus won the Kota Marudu seat by securing 15,168 votes against Maijol’s 14,326 in a four-cornered fight that included State Reform Party’s Majamis Timbong (2,228 votes) and Yuntau Kolod of the Sabah Progressive Party (444 votes).
Dr Maximus, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president, was represented by counsel Chin Teck Ming, Peter Jino Allion and Raymond Szetu.
The returning officer and Election Commission were represented by senior federal counsel Zawawi Ghazali while counsel Mark Sitiwin acted for Maijol.
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