Sabah polls: EC confirms 447 candidates vying for 73 seats


KOTA KINABALU – The Election Commission (EC) received a total of 447 nomination papers from candidates vying for 73 state seats contested in the Sabah state election scheduled for Sept 26 after the nomination period ended at 10 am today.

EC chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh (picture) said 404 of the papers were submitted by male candidates, and 43 others were by female candidates.

Candidates fielded by Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) submitted the highest number of nomination papers at 73, followed by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) (53), United Sabah National Organisation (USNO) (47), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) (46), Barisan Nasional (BN) (41), Perikatan Nasional (PN) (29), Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan) (28), Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) (23) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) (22).

“Apart from them, United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) also nominated 12 candidates, PKR (seven), Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) (five), Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri (Anak Negeri) (two) and one each by Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) and Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Pertubuhan).

“Only one nomination paper was rejected after the prospective candidate was disqualified due to bankruptcy,” he told a press conference here today.