Thursday, 26 February 2009

Will Dr Jeffrey be lucky this time?

In the event that a by-election is going to be held in P182 Pensiangan parliamentery constituency Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will consider contesting if he is picked to run for the sea.

But he pointed out that he was not eyeing the spot and that the party should look somewhere else to find their man, adding the important thing was for them to rally behind the candidate and wrest the seat from Barisan Nasional.

"I've never lobbied for the place (candidacy) but if I'm asked to go there as a candidate, I have to think about it. I can say whoever the candidate is, it doesn't have to be me, we want to make sure the person wins," he said in Kota Kinabalu.

And if he is selected to contest, can he wins?

In the 12th General Election on March 8, 2008, Jeffrey lost the race for the Keningau parliamentary seat to his brother Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (BN-PBS). Pairin polled 14.074 votes while Jeffrey garnered 10,334 votes. The older Kitinganwon by a majority of 4,264 votes.

Jeffrey also contested Bingkor state seat but lost to Justin Guka (BN-Upko) by 171 votes. Jeffrey obtained 4,418 votes while Guka polled 4,589.

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