Sabah Umno identifies three candidates for potential Kimanis by-election


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Aug 2019

Bung Moktar Radin

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno has identified three potential candidates if a by-election is called for the Kimanis parliamentary seat held by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who won on an Umno ticket.

Sabah Umno chief Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (pic) said the state committee met on Saturday (Aug 17) night and made the decision to contest the Kimanis seat.

"We have identified three candidates and will make our choice known soon," he said.

He said the candidate would be one acceptable to the people in the area.

Bung said Kimanis Umno has been asked to immediately start up its election machinery at the 19 polling locations in Kimanis.

He said it was also decided that all 25 Umno divisions in the state would begin working the ground at Kimanis from now.

"It is our seat, we will go all out to win it back," he said.

He said they hoped to work together with opposition groups such as Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Sabah STAR, similar to what was done in the Sandakan by-election.

Anifah, who had defected to become an independent MP following the May 9 general election, won the seat by 156 votes against Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Karim Bujang.

He is expected to appeal within 14 days of the Aug 16 Election Court decision to nullify the Kimanis election result after finding more than 300 votes were improperly cast, among other irregularities.

The Election Commission and its returning officer, who were also found to have not complied with the due process of the law under Section 32 (b) of the Election Offences Act 1954, said that they would not be appealing the verdict.


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