Sabah elections on Sept 26

The Sabah state assembly was dissolved on July 30 to pave the way for a new election. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah elections will take place on Sept 26 with early voting set for Sept 22.

Deputy Election Commission chairman Azmi Sharom announced that nominations will take place on Sept 12.

The election was triggered by the dissolution of the state assembly on July 30 amid a political crisis, which requires a new election to be conducted within 60 days.

The EC’s announcement today comes after the Kota Kinabalu High Court said it will rule on Friday on whether to allow a judicial review application by 33 assemblymen against governor Juhar Mahiruddin’s decision to dissolve the assembly.

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman and 32 other assemblymen had filed for a judicial review, questioning the July 29 written request from Chief Minister Shafie Apdal to Juhar to dissolve the assembly.

The 33 assemblymen named Juhar as the first respondent, and Shafie, the EC and the state government as the second, third and fourth respondents, respectively.

Azmi Sharom

Azmi urged all aspiring candidates to fill and check the relevant forms ahead of nomination day. He recommended that candidates pay their deposits early to ensure the nomination process runs smoothly.

He said as many as 1.12 million voters are eligible to vote in the election comprising 1.10 million regular voters, 81 overseas voters, 9,488 soldiers and their partners and 11,423 policemen and their partners.

The EC hoped for a voter turnout of 70%. “We ask all parties, including the media and political parties, to encourage people to come out to vote.”

Based on the recent Chini by-election, even with pandemic procedures in place, the voter turnout was better than that of the 2018 general election,” he said.