Warisan lawyers get mandate to challenge GE14 results

Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Shafie Apdal (left) being greeted at the state Hari Raya open house in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah is confident there is enough evidence to challenge the results of eight parliamentary and state seats won by Barisan Nasional candidates in the general election last month.

Party president Shafie Apdal said he had given his legal team the mandate to file the election petitions in court if they have found substantial proof of irregularities.

The petitions are expected to be filed at the High Court here at 10am tomorrow.

“In any litigation or legal action, our lawyers will look at all the facts and evidence. If we have only a 20% chance of winning, I don’t think we will proceed. But if we have strong enough proof, above 70% to 80%, we will proceed with that,” he said after hosting the state Hari Raya celebrations here today. Shafie is Sabah’s chief minister.

He said among the breaches of elections rules his team examined were: vote buying, postal votes, and delays in signing the Form 14 (declaration of winner).

He questioned the large number of postal votes in some constituencies without a large police and army presence.

He claimed that there was proof that Barisan Nasional had given money to voters. “We only had money to pay for our transport,” he said.

“The process of law must proceed. We must follow the rule of law,” he added.

The seats in question are the parliamentary seats of Kimanis, Sipitang, Libaran and Keningau, and the state assembly seats of Sook, Kundasang, Sungai Sibuga and Kiulu.

The four BN MPs elected were Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Hafez Musa (Sipitang), Zakaria Edris (Libaran) and Jeffrey Kitingan (Keningau).

The four BN state assemblymen elected were former Sabah Umno chief Musa Aman (Sungai Sibuga), PBRS deputy president Alfred Ellron Angin (Sook), Joachim Gunsalam (Kundasang) and Joniston Bangkuai (Kiulu).

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