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Kimanis by-election: 10 police reports lodged so far

13 Jan 2020 / 19:06 H.

KIMANIS: Police have so far received 10 reports, 10 days into the campaigning for the Kimanis parliamentary by-election, Beaufort police chief DSP Azmir Abdul Razak said.

Of the total, five investigation papers have been opened for various offences under the Election Offences Act 1954 and the Penal Code.

“The cases being investigated are with regards to bribery, defamation and humiliation,“ he told Bernama.

He added that throughout the period the two political parties Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and Barisan Nasional (BN) had applied for 163 political campaign permits.

“From Jan 4 up to 8am today, Warisan had applied for 102 permits and BN, 61,“ he said.

Azmir also confirmed that no incidents had occurred during the 10-day campaign, and that both parties had been cooperative with the police.

Meanwhile, Azmir confirmed that police have approved a conditional permit for the Solidarity Gathering to Reject the Temporary Sabah Pass on Jan 15.

“The application was submitted by the organiser, Benjamin Ondoi on Jan 3 and a conditional approval was given on Jan 3, in accordance with the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,“ he said.

The Kimanis parliamentary by-election will witness a straight fight between Datuk Karim Bujang of Warisan and Datuk Mohamad Alamin of BN.

The Election Commission (EC) has set polling on Jan 18 and early voting is on Jan 14. - Bernama

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