Court fixes 6-week trial for dispute over Kimanis election results

Former foreign affairs minister Anifah Aman.

KOTA KINABALU: The Election Court here has set aside six weeks to hear a dispute over the Kimanis seat election results.

The Warisan candidate, Karim Bujang, had filed a case against the winner, former foreign minister Anifah Aman.

The petition will go for trial from April to June.

“We will be calling 40 witnesses to testify, while the other side has 20 witnesses,” said Frederick Cheng, Karim’s lawyer.

Anifah, a former Umno member, won the Kimanis seat by a slender margin of 156 votes, obtaining 11,942 votes against Karim’s 11,786 votes.

Meanwhile, Karim also filed a plea to unseal ballot boxes, saying he wanted to count whether the number of votes cast were more than the number of registered voters.

Sibu High Court judge Lee Heng Cheong will announce a decision on the counting of ballots on March 8.

Cheng said his team is also applying for a number of other relevant documents which are still in the possession of the Election Commission.

The Election Court had struck out Karim’s election petition against Anifah, EC and EC’s returning officer on Nov 19 last year.

Later, the Putrajaya Federal Court ordered the election petition filed by Karim to be remitted to the Election Court for trial.

Meanwhile, the same court postponed the mention of the Sipitang parliamentary seat election petition to March 8 as the judge, Azhahari Kamal Ramli, had an emergency to attend to.

Sipitang MP Yamani Hafez Musa, who is the son of former chief minister Musa Aman, had won the seat under the BN ticket by 852 votes, defeating rivals from Warisan and Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah.