Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Three by-elections in 60 days?

It will known this few days whether or not a by-election will be held for the Pensiangan parliamentary seat which had been declared vacant by the Kota Kinabalu Election Court last year.
The court accepted an election petition by opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) which sought for a declaration that Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup's win unopposed during the March 8, general elections was null and void.
Kurup had appealed to the Federal Court who will sit in Kota Kinabalu on Feb 12 and 13 to hear the appeal.
As much that Kurup and BN hoped for an overturn of the Election Court decision, election preparation for a possible by-election had long been on-going in Pensiangan. PKR and PBRS-BN as well as another BN component member Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) had set their respective gear on stand-by.
Meanwhile, community leaders in Sook are supporting Kurup to be re-nominated as the BN candidate if a by-election is called for the Pensiangan. Kurup, who was Sook assemblyman until the last general elections held a meeting with community leaders here two days ago.
Kurup, who is the Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister, assured that there were a lot of plans in the pipeline to be carried out by the Federal Government in the constituency.
He denied claims that there had never been any development being brought to Sook.
If a by-election is to be held in Pensianga, there will be three by-election in the country within 60 days. The other two are in Bukit Gantang parliamentery constituency in Perak and the state seat of Bukit Selambau in Kedah.

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