Anifah to sue EC over loss of Kimanis seat

The Federal Court  declared Anifah Aman’s election in the Kimanis parliamentary seat null and void on Monday.

KOTA KINABALU: Former foreign minister Anifah Aman, whose election in the Kimanis parliamentary seat in May last year was declared null and void, plans to sue the Election Commission (EC) for failing to conduct the polls properly, his special officer said.

James Ligunjang said Anifah’s lawyers are expected to file the suit on Monday.

“Anifah is seeking compensation from the EC for failing to run the Kimanis parliamentary electoral process in accordance with the law, and failure to defend itself on the allegations held against them in the Kimanis election petition,” Ligunjang, a former Petagas assemblyman, said in a statement here today.

On Monday, the Federal Court in Putrajaya decided to uphold the Aug 16 decision of the election court to declare the result for the Kimanis seat in the last general election null and void.

The election court had found discrepancies in the conduct of the election process and widespread non-compliance of election laws, which it said could have affected the outcome of the election.

In his election petition, Karim Bujang, the Warisan candidate who lost to Anifah by a 156-vote margin, alleged discrepancies in the ballots on the part of EC and accused Anifah of bribery and corruption.

The election court agreed with Karim that there was misconduct on the part of EC in handling Forms 13 and 14 that affected some 341 ballots. It, however, dropped the bribery and corruption charges against Anifah.

In a three-cornered fight, Anifah, who contested on an Umno ticket, secured 11,942 votes against Karim, who gained 11,786 votes, and Parti Harapan’s Jaafar Ismail, who garnered 1,300 votes.

Anifah later left Umno to become an independent.

The EC has yet to announce a date for a by-election, saying it is waiting for an official notification from the Federal Court.