KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Pakatan Harapan is the latest political group that has decided not to contest the upcoming Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election.
Sabah Pakatan chairman Datuk Christina Liew said the three parties under the pact – PKR, DAP and Amanah – made the decision out of respect for the late Batu Sapi MP, Datuk Liew Vui Keong, and their ally Parti Warisan Sabah.
"Our decision is a show of respect for the late Liew who contested under Warisan.
"Sabah Pakatan is a partner of the Warisan Plus coalition," she said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14).
Prior to this, Barisan Nasional, SAPP, Star Sabah and Parti Cinta Sabah all announced that they would not be running in the by-election, citing Covid-19 seen as the main concern.
Liew said those who wanted to participate in the by-election must fully observe the standard operating procedure.
"Taking into account the lessons learnt from the recent Sabah state election, there is a genuine need to tighten the existing SOP for the conduct of elections," said the Sabah PKR chief.
Polling date for the Batu Sapi by-election has been set for Dec 5, while nomination day is on Nov 23.
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