73 seats up for grabs in Sabah polls

The Sabah state assembly was dissolved on Thursday. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 73 seats will be contested in the upcoming Sabah election, up from 60 previously, the Election Commission (EC) said today.

“Seventy-three seats will be contested,” Sabah EC director Rohiman Rahia told Bernama.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Shafie Apdal announced the dissolution of the state assembly, paving the way for a state election to be held within 60 days.

In July last year, the Dewan Rakyat approved a bill to increase the number of seats in the Sabah assembly from 60 to 73.

The bill was supported by all 158 MPs, including representatives from Sabah.