KIMANIS BY-ELECTION

KIMANIS: The Kimanis parliamentary by-election opened yesterday morning with a total of 19 polling stations involving 68 channels.

Polling began at 7.30am and closed at 5pm, involving some 29,619 voters from a total of 29,664 regular voters eligible to vote. On Tuesday, eight out of nine early voters cast their ballots with one absentee and there were 35 postal voters.

Alamin is all smiles when casting his vote at SK Our Lady of Fatima (M) Kampung Kelatuan yesterday.

The by-election featured a oneon-one contest between Parti Warisan Sabah’s (Warisan) candidate Datuk Karim Bujang, 67, and Datuk Mohamad Alamin, 48, from Barisan Nasional (BN) — both men cast their votes at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kimanis and SK Our Lady of Fatima (M) Kampung Kelatuan respectively here, at 9am.

The Election Commission (EC) has appointed 653 electoral officers to conduct the polling process while the official vote tallying centre is at Beaufort’s Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Dun Banir Hall.

The Kimanis parliamentary byelection is held after the Federal Court on Dec 2 upheld the decision of the Kota Kinabalu Election Court which overturned the victory of former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman in the seat in the 14th general election.

The Kota Kinabalu Election Court on Aug 16 last year ruled that Anifah’s victory in the seat was null and void after discovering that there were additional ballots that could have affected the election result. – Bernama