Following the dissolution of Parliament, the Sabah Legislative Assembly was also dissolved about 3pm today.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, after obtaining the consent from Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at Istana Negeri, Kota Kinabalu at 2.30pm, announced the dissolution of the 60-seats State Legislative Assembly.
The announcement was made at Sri Gaya, the Chief Minister's official residence, the traditional venue for Chief Minister to announce the dissolution of the Assembly after obtaining consent for the Istana, just a stone throw away.
The Barisan Nasional component parties in Sabah comprises of Umno, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), MCA and MIC.
Umno, MCA and MIC are Kuala Lumpur-based parties.
Musa said the allocation of seats for BN component parties to contest this time around would be the same quota as it was in the 2004 elections.
In the 2004's elections UMNO contested 32 State and 13 Parliamentary seats, PBS (13-4), UPKO (6-4), SAPP (4-2), LDP (3-1) and MCA contested one seat. The result - UPKO lost one State seat while LDP lost a Parliament seat.
Elections in Sabah has always been colourful compared to other States because of the numbers of political parties in the State. And although the quota system of seats allocation to contest had been fixed as such, there sure will be surprises when the list of candidates is finally and officially announced.