PUTRAJAYA – The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) has fixed the polling date for the P.175 Kimanis by-election in Sabah on 18 January 2020.
The EC Chairman, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun said that the candidate nomination date for the parliamentary seat will be held on 4 January (Saturday) and the early polling date will be held on 14 January (Tuesday).
“The 14 days campaign period after the nomination day will begin after the nomination of candidate and will continue until 11.59 pm on 17 January 2019.
“The opening and closing date for postal voting for the voters in Malaysia and abroad is 16 December 2019 and will be closed on 2 January 2020.
“The estimated cost for this by-election is RM3.6 million,” he said in a news conference at the EC Tower in Putrajaya today.
The Kimanis by-election marks the 10th by-election after the 14th General Election (GE14).
Datuk Seri Anifah, the former Foreign Minister won the Kimanis parliamentary seat with a simple majority of 156 votes under Barisan Nasional.
Last Monday, the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was informed about the vacancy of the Kimanis parliamentary seat beginning 10 December after the Federal Court nullified the victory of Anifah as there were elements of votes manipulation.
On 2 December, the Federal Court upheld the verdict made by the Election Court as it found irregularities with regards to the ballot boxes, which had elements of tampering. In addition, he said the presence of additional voting papers could also have violated election laws and in turn affected the election outcome.
Last November, the panel of five judges in the Federal Court also rejected Hanifah’s appeal and upheld the decision of the Election Court.
According to the voters registry, there is a total of 29.665 voters for the area. The EC targets 70 percent of turnout rate on the polling date.
Meanwhile, the Sabah UMNO Communications Chairman, Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin said that Sabah UMNO has identified several candidates to contest for the seat. -MalaysiaGazette