Police: No concrete proof of vote-buying in Sandakan

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Save for a dark and blurry video purportedly showing the act of vote-

buying in the recent Sandakan by-election, police do not have any other evidence on the matter.

Sabah Commissioner of Police Comm Datuk Omar Mammah said there were no new developments in the case and police were trying to gather more evidence.

Reports were filed by opposition supporters alleging that vote-buying took place during the by-election.

Parti Bersatu Sabah information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai had issued a statement on Saturday urging the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation.

He said Sabah Bersih should also include

in their report that there was vote-buying involved in the by-election.

A Sabah Bersih spokesman said they had conducted a probe, but could not find concrete evidence to support the allegations and it would not be included in their report.

“Bersih cannot include these claims in our report as it is only hearsay. One must give clear evidence that vote-buying had occurred during the election,” he said.

The spokesman said although they received photographs of the alleged act, they could not make out the parties handing out the money and therefore could not determine the truth.

He said Bersih would only report what they observed directly or based on credible reports by the media.

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