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Swak PKR, BN file election petitions

 | June 13, 2013

Sarawak PKR has decided not to contest the May 5 general election results in Saratok parliamentary constituency and is focusing on Baram instead where it lost the seat by 194 votes.

MIRI: Sarawak PKR’s Roland Engan has filed an election petition against Anyi Ngau, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Baram parliamentary constituency.

Engan, who filed the petition at the Miri High Court, named Ngau and returning officer Joseph Belayong Punan as the first and second respondents respectively.

He is seeking to declare the May 5 election results in the Baram parliament constituency as null and void.

Engan is also seeking a declaration that Any Ngau was not duly elected or ought not to have been returned.

He is also seeking for the necessary pronouncement certification and orders under section 36 of the Election Offences Act 1954.

Engan is also asking for other orders or relief as the court deems just and costs of this petition.

Engan, who polled 8,988 votes against Ngau’s 9,182, cited seven grounds to support his claims that both Ngau and Punan  have breached and contravened election procedures,  laws and regulations.

Among them  were breaches and irregularities including doubtful, dubious and questionable results of postal votes and votes of advance voters, disenfranchised voters  at several polling stations in Kampung Long Item, Long Lilim and Long Miri in the Baram constituency and    counting of advanced and postal votes as well in the official addition of votes process.

Other grounds include failure to adhere to the election regulations during and after counting of votes as well as corrupt or illegal practice of an agent of the BN candidate.

State PKR chief Baru Bian said that this would be their own election petition for Sarawak.

He told reporters here that their focus will only be in Baram although there had been earlier speculations that PKR will contest the Saratok results.

PKR’s lost its bid to wrest Saratok in the parliamentary polls by 2,081 votes.

PKR’s Ali Biju garnered 9,519 votes losing to BN-Sarawak Progressive Democratic party president William Mawan’s 11,600 votes.

Bian said although the party had earlier weighed the possibility of filing a petition for Saratok it had decided against it.

“There are a lot of possible grounds, even in Saratok and also other areas in the state but because election petition is very stringent in terms of evidence and proving that in court is another task.

“After considering the overall evidence we have and which witnesses will be willing to come out in the open, we decided that Baram will be our focus,” he said.

BN contests Sibu results

Meanwhile in SIBU, the BN-Sarawak United People’s Party candidate for Sarikei  parliamentary constituency Ding Kuong Hing has also filed his petition at the Sibu High Court to nullify the result of the polls at the Sibu High Court.

Ding lost the seat to DAP’s Wong Ling Biu by a 505-vote majority.

Ding obtained 13,758 votes against Wong, who garnered 14,263 votes.

In his petition, Ding named returning officer David Liau, the EC and Wong as the first, second and third respondent respectively.

SUPP lost six out of the seven parliament seats it contested.

All six were won by DAP.


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