Sabah police to probe claims of vote-buying

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  • Sunday, 12 May 2019

Precious cargo: EC personnel handing over the ballot boxes at the counting centre at SMJK Tiong Hua in Sandakan.

SANDAKAN: State police are investigating claims of vote-buying in the Sandakan by-election.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said they received reports of people allegedly getting money from certain quarters at 12.06am yesterday.

The reports on vote-buying were filed by a supporter of the rival party who claimed that DAP supporters were involved in the acts, he said.

“As for a so-called video that allegedly showed money given to voters, we are still checking its authenticity because the video is quite dark and unclear.

“We have opened up investigations under Section 10B Election Offences Act,” Comm Omar said during a press conference in Sandakan yesterday.

He said this was among the six investigation papers opened up from the 12 police reports received throughout the Sandakan by-election campaign period.

From the six reports, he said several involved damaging of bunting sand posters, one of slander, and one on having talks without permit.

“Four of these reports have been forwarded to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s office with no further action to be taken,” said Comm Omar.

He said throughout the two-week campaign period, police approved a total of 362 permits to hold talks.

“More than 1,000 policemen were deployed throughout this period to ensure a safe and smooth campaigning and, so far, it is safe to say that we have yet to get reports of any untoward incidents,” he said, adding security at both land and sea were under control.

Comm Omar said 874 police personnel were deployed in all polling stations yesterday.

He said the voter turnout was less than 60% at the closing time of 5pm.

“We don’t think the low turnout is due to security concerns.

“There is also no issue on the ballot boxes as police escorted them from the polling channels to the counting centres,” Comm Omar added.

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