Warisan to file several election petitions on Monday

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah is expected to file several GE14 election petitions on Monday (June 18), including one involving former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

"We have gathered the proof and information needed and we will not go through with it if we are not confident of winning," said Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal,

He said the rule of law must always be adhered to.

"We cannot let those who did wrong get away," Shafie said.

He also said that the Warisan-Pakatan pact had won because of the people's trust in them, and not because their votes were bought.

The Election Commission (EC) allows any parties dissatisfied with GE14 results to submit an

Election petitions must be filed within 21 days of the gazetting of GE14 results, which was done on May 28.

Among the petitions to be filed involve Musa's Sungai Sibuga state seat, his son Yamani Hafez Musa in the Sipitang parliamentary seat and his younger brother Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in the Kimanis parliamentary seat.

Also being disputed are the wins of Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan in Tambunan and Keningau.

It was reported that Warisan's Sungai Sibuga candidate Asmara Abdul Rahman raised doubts over the results due to a delay in the signing of Form 14, as he claimed that he was the winner at the early counting stage.

He claimed that according to early counts, Warisan won but there was a long delay before Form 14 was signed to confirm the winner.

Asmara suspected cheating was going on and alleged that an EC officer was waiting for orders from "higher-ups".

He said several recounts were carried out in the wee hours of the morning before the winner was finally announced at 3am.

Warisan eventually lost the seat, and former chief minister Musa was declared the winner with 2,184-vote majority over Asmara.

Meanwhile in Kimanis, Anifah, the former foreign affairs minister, polled 11,942 votes against Karim's 11,786, winning by a razor-thin majority of 156 votes.

In Sipitang, first-timer Yamani Hafez won by a narrow 852-vote majority after garnering 12,038 votes against Warisan's Noor Hayaty Mustapha's 11,186 votes.

Warisan, which contested 45 out of the 60-seat Sabah state assembly, won 21 seats while its allies DAP won six and PKR won two.

Barisan won 29 seats and Sabah STAR, which aligned with Barisan after GE14, got the remaining two.

For Sabah's 25 parliament constituencies, Warisan contested 16 and won eight seats.