EC: Kimanis polls proceeding smoothly, video cameras not disrupting voting process

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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

KIMANIS: Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman Dr Azmi Sharom said the recordings via video cameras installed at all 68 polling streams for the Kimanis polls seemed to be going smoothly so far.

He said this while visiting the polling station at SK Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday (Jan 18).

"The most important thing is the video recordings are not disturbing the voting process.

"We will see the results of these recordings, if they are any help... it could be very useful," he said when asked if they would consider continuing the new initiative for future elections.

As for the voter turnout in the morning, Azmi said they remain hopeful that the numbers will rise and they will stick on to the predicted 70% turnout.

"We hope the people will continue to come early to vote and not wait at the last minute, due to the unpredictable weather," he said.

The Kimanis by-election is a straight fight between Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Karim Bujang and Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mohamad Alamin, with incumbent former Umno MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman staying out of the race after holding the seat since 1990.

The Kimanis seat was declared vacant after the Federal Court on Dec 2 upheld the Election Court's ruling, nullifying Anifah's victory in the 14th General Election in May 2018.

Anifah, a former foreign minister, had won the seat with a 156-vote majority, securing 11,942 votes against Karim's 11,786 votes while another candidate, Jaafar Ismail of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, had obtained 1,300 votes.

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