KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is urging a thorough probe into allegations of vote buying in the just concluded Sandakan parliamentary by-election.
Describing vote buying as a mockery and a serious threat to democracy, PBS information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (pic) said police must not leave any stone unturned in their investigation.
He called on those with evidence of vote buying to not hesitate to provide information to the police to facilitate investigations.
“I appeal to Sandakan voters to display their integrity as defenders of justice who clamour for a fair and clean election to come forward and provide whatever information they have on the alleged vote buying to the police,” he said.
Bangkuai was commenting on a statement by Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Omar Mammah that they have started investigating claims that voters received money during the Sandakan by-election.
Omar said police received reports of the alleged offence at 12.06am on May 11 and it has opened investigations under Section 10B of the Election Offences Act.
“We trust that the police will get to the bottom of the allegations and investigate the matter professionally,” Bangkuai said on Sunday (May 12).
The Kiulu assemblyman also called on independent election monitoring body, Bersih 2.0, to initiate a probe into the matter.
He noted that Bersih has issued several press statements highlighting and reprimanding contesting parties who allegedly breached election offences during the campaign period.
He thanked them for closely monitoring the proceedings of the by-election.
“As an independent election watchdog, we urge Bersih to include the claims of vote buying in their report to the Election Commission,” Bangkuai said.