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Wins of Musa, 7 others challenged
Published on: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The victory of "missing" former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in his Sungai Sibuga constituency is among eight State and parliamentary election results being challenged by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and Sabah Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the High Court, here.The partners in the new Sabah Government Monday sought to nullify the victories of both Barisan Nasional and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) in the 14th General Election.

Warisan Sec-Gen Loretto Sipin Padua Jr said the party filed eight election petitions to challenge the results of four parliamentary seats – Kimanis, Sipitang, Keningau and Libaran and four state seats – Sungai Sibuga, Kundasang, Sook and Kiulu.

Loretto said this to the media after filing the petitions, Monday, through a team of counsel led by Datuk Douglas Lind and Raymond Szetu.

He said the grounds of the petitions were mostly on alleged money politics, postal voters and late signing of the Form 14 (official statement of the poll after counting the ballot) in order to declare the winner.

"I think that are the grounds that I can disclose," said Loretto, adding that they would only distribute the related documents to the media after they had served them on the respondents.

Loretto also said they are very confident of winning the cases, but could not reveal the merits of the matters.

In the Kimanis Parliamentary seat, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman of BN-Umno won the seat after he garnered 11,942 votes against 11,786 polled by Datuk Karim Bujang of Warisan. Jaafar Ismail of Harapan Rakyat only managed 1,300 votes.

In the Sipitang seat, Yamani Hafez Musa of BN-Umno won with a 852-vote majority after polling 12,038 votes compared to 11,186 votes by Warisan's Noor Hayaty Mustapha. Dayang Aezzy Liman of Harapan Rakyat obtained 1,547 votes.

In a six cornered fight for the Keningau seat, Sabah Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan won after polling 13,286 votes against the 13,241 garnered by Jikulin Nointin of Warisan, 12,742 by Datuk Daniel Kinsik (BN-PBS), 433 by Jius Awang (PCS), 248 votes by independent candidate Maimin Rijan and 199 votes by Justin Guka, also an independent candidate.

In the Libaran seat, Datuk Zakaria Mohd Edris of BN-Umno won when he polled 17,779 votes while Warisan's Irwanshah Mustapha garnered 17,121. Alfian Mansyur who was Pakatan Harapan candidate garnered 1,223.

Meanwhile, in Sungai Sibuga state seat, Musa of BN-Umno won with a 2,184-vote majority after polling 14,503 compared to the 12,319 obtained by Warisan's Asmara Abdul Rahman. PKS' Osman Enting only managed 241 votes.

In the Kundasang seat, Datuk Joachim Gunsalam (BN-PBS) won after he polled 3,971 votes, while Warisan's Siriman Basir garnered 3,716, Star's Japiril Suhaimin (2,105), Anak Negeri's Datuk Henrynus Amin (733), and PKS' Jinus Sodiong (1660.

In Sook seat, Datuk Ellron Angin of BN-PBRS won after polling 8,042 votes against 3,557 garnered by Warisan's Martin Tommy, 3,402 polled by Star's Baritus Gungkit, and 113 by Anak Negeri's Beaty Fred.

In the Kiulu seat, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai of BN-PBS won after polling 4,336 votes against the 2,893 by Warisan's Jo-Anna Sue Henly Rampas, 2,457 by Star's Terence Sinti and 543 votes by PCS' Gaibin Ransoi.

Meanwhile, Sabah PKR youth chief Raymond Ahuar is challenging the result of the Pensiangan parliamentary seat won by PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup on a BN ticket.

Raymond said the party filed the petition on the ground of money politics, claiming cash of between RM50 and RM1,000 were distributed to voters in stages.

He said they want to educate the people, especially Pensiangan constituents, that receiving money during election is an offence and that not many of the people there know that.

Arthur won the seat after he garnered 11,783 votes against the 9,469 polled by Raymond, 2,839 votes obtained by Star's Joh Jimmy, 212 votes by PCS' Maidin Atak and 65 garnered by independent candidate Engah Sintan.

It is believed that among the evidence is footage of the wife of a PBRS politician distributing cash.

Raymond said PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had been notified of the petition move.

He is represented by a team of counsel led by Alex Decena. - Jo Ann Mool


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