Kimanis polls: Shafie goes biking around Bongawan

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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2020

BEAUFORT: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is going around Bongawan and its surrounding polling centres on a motorcycle to check on Saturday's Kimanis by-election.

The Sabah Chief Minister along with his entourage first gathered at the Bongawan town before heading to the polling centres at 10am.

Shafie was a pillion rider while his bodyguards, policemen and others rode alongside during the visits.

There are a total of 19 polling districts scattered around Bongawan, Membakut, and Kimanis.

According to the Election Commission, some 18% of voters have turned up as of 9am.

The Kimanis by-election is a straight fight between Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Karim Bukang and Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mohamad Alamin.

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

Anifah 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, obtained 1,300 votes.

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