KOTA KINABALU: A total of 447 candidates from various parties as well independents are vying for 73 state seats in the 16th Sabah elections on Sept 26.
Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the number of candidates who sent in their registration forms on Sept 12 was among the highest number in Sabah’s history.
“However, we do not have the comparison and exact numbers from previous years, but this is a record too, ” he said.
“The breakdown is as follows: PCS – 73 seats, Warisan 53 seats, Usno 47, LDP 46, BN 41, PN 29, PGRS 28, PPRS 23, PBS 22, Upko 12, PKR 7, Harapan Rakyat 5, Anak Negeri 2, Amanah 1, PKS 1, Pertubuhan 1, and 56 independents, ” he said.
“The EC rejected one name as the candidate is bankrupt. He is an Usno member from Petagas,” Ghani said.
He said there were three-cornered to 11-cornered fights this time, with three state constituencies seeing three-cornered fights, five constituencies with four-cornered fights, and 15 areas with five-cornered fights.
“A total of 26 areas have six-cornered fights, 13 seven-cornered, six eight-cornered, three nine-cornered, one 10-cornered, and one (Bengkoka) 11-cornered fight,” he said.
Of the 447 candidates, 43 are women and 404 men.
The youngest is a 22-candidate from Barisan Nasional representing Tandek and the oldest is a 75-year-old PPRS candidate representing Bugaya.
“Campaign period ends 11.59pm on Sept 25. We have 73 teams set up by to monitor all activities of candidates, including adherence of SOPs throughout, ” Ghani said.
He said five operations centre would be open up till Sept 30, namely in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Keningau and Lahad Datu.
“Our hotline number is 010-9436002, ” he said.
Ghani reminded candidates and supporters not to use or print campaign materials that touch on religious sensitivities, promoted ill-will, caused enmity or anything that harboured bad intentions.
“All campaign talks must have permit, ” he added.
He said the EC expected to announce the election results by midnight on Sept 26.
“We expect a 75% voters turnout, ” Ghani said.
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