Trio in bid to stop Sabah election

The Sabah state assembly was dissolved on July 30, paving the way for a snap election.

PETALING JAYA: Three people have filed a judicial review at the High Court in Kota Kinabalu to stop the impending state election in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a report by The Star, lawyer Marcel Jude and businesspeople Magret Binsing and Tessa Romana want the court to nullify the consent given by Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin to dissolve the state legislative assembly.

They are also seeking an order to prevent the Election Commission (EC) chairman from conducting a state election unless the movement control order (MCO) provisions are lifted.

“This is not the time or place to have the state election because it will bring people together, creating crowded spaces and confined areas, and remove physical distancing on a large scale for the population of Sabah,” they said in their filing.

They also want a declaration that the conducting of a state election during the recovery MCO is unlawful, null and void.

They likewise want the court to consider an Erinford injunction against Juhar and the EC chairman until former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman’s appeal on the rightful state leader is concluded at the Federal Court.

Juhar has been named as the first respondent and the EC chairman, the second.

The suit was filed through the e-filing system with Sept 14 set for hearing.

The EC has yet to announce a date for the election, but it must be held within 60 days of the dissolution of the state assembly on July 30.