FILING ....Lajim (holding document) with his lawyer and supporters after filing his petition. Lajim wants the Beaufort result nullified.
By : RANAU SATIVA
KOTA KINABALU: Former UMNO warlord, Datuk Lajim Ukin who lost his Beaufort parliamentary seat in the 13th general election today filed an election petition at the High Court here today, challenging the validity of the results.
Ironically, the man whom he defeated in the State seat of Klias, Barisan Nasional’s candidate Isnin Aliasnih, also filed his petition, to declare null and void the Klias result.
Lajim,58, accompanied by counsel Patricia Thien, filed his petition at the High Court’s registry at about 3.30pm, naming Election Commission Returning Officer Jupari@ Jupri Etok, BN candidate Datuk Hjh Azizah Mohd Dun and EC as the first, second and third respondents, respectively.
As for Isnin, he filed his petition through his counsel Rizwandean Bukhari Borhan, Muammar Julkarnain and Safri Salleh Nain earlier at around noon.
He named Lajim, the PKR candidate as the first respondent, Returning Officer for the Klias state seat election and the EC as the second and third respondents.
The seat was won by Lajim with a slim majority of 342 after obtaining 6,324 votes.
TEAM .....Isnin (3rd right) with his legal team and supporters outside the KK High Court.
In his petition, Lajim said he was challenging the validity of the outcome of the Beaufort result based on several grounds – abuse of powers; unqualified individuals casting their votes; alleged vote-buying and discrepancies in the election process, like the easily-washable indelible ink, as well as a power blackout during the counting of votes.
He said his petition in challenging the poll results were substantiated with material evidence such as video clips, among other things.
In the May 5 general election, Lajim was involved in a three-cornered fight with Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun of BN-Umno, Guan Dee Bin Koh Hoi of STAR Sabah.
Azizah won the seat by a slim-majority of 673 votes. She garnered 12,827 to Lajim’s 12,154 while Guan Dee received 409 and lost his deposit.
Apart from Beaufort, PKR, PAS and DAP are also contesting the poll results of 34 parliamentary and state seats nationwide that they contested and lost by narrow margins.
In Sabah, the Pakatan Rakyat group is also expected to challenge the outcome of the polls for the Kota Marudu and Pensiangan parliamentary seats.
Kota Marudu seat was won by BN’s Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili who obtained 15,168 votes and won by a majority of 842 while Pensiangan was won by BN’s Tan Sri Joseph Kurup who garnered 9,467 votes for a 1,744 majority. (BI)