Sabah had 60 state seats in the last general election but there will be 73 seats in the snap election. The re-delineation process in Sabah was completed in 2018 which saw Sabah’s state seats increased by 13, but the then BN government had delayed its formalisation due to concerns over Shafie’s growing threat in the new constituencies.
Umno won 17 Sabah state seats in GE 14 but the number has since been reduced to a single seat after eight assemblypersons defected to Bersatu, seven to Warisan and one left for Upko.
All 16 Umno defectors had once again sided with Musa before the state assembly was dissolved.
73 seats up for grabs in Sabah polls: EC
01 AUG 2020 / 14:20 H.
KOTA KINABALU: A total of 73 seats will be contested in the coming Sabah state election, up from 60 previously, the Election Commission (EC) said today.
“Seventy-three seats will be contested,“ Sabah EC director Rohiman Rahia said when contacted by Bernama.
On Thursday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced the dissolution of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly, paving the way for a state election to be held within 60 days.
In July last year, the Dewan Rakyat approved a bill to increase the number of seats in the Sabah state assembly from 60 to 73.
The bill was supported by all 158 Members of Parliament present in the Dewan Rakyat then, including representatives from Sabah. – Bernama
Bersatu eyes 45 seats in Sabah polls: Hajiji Noor
01 AUG 2020 / 16:09 H.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is prepared to contest 45 seats in the upcoming Sabah state election, said its chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
He said Sabah Bersatu would be fielding winnable candidates with integrity and credibility.
“We are ready and have identified 45 state constituencies to be contested by Bersatu candidates.
“Sabah Bersatu will hold a meeting next week to tune up our election machinery for every state constituency,” he said in a statement today.
Hajiji said Bersatu was prepared to discuss with other parties in Perikatan Nasional (PN), Umno and other Barisan Nasional (BN) components to harness their strength to ensure victory in the polls.
He said the party’s election manifesto would focus on, among others, efforts to revive the state’s economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It would also emphasise the party’s struggle to defend the rights and interests of Sabah people, as well as aspects of security, education, racial unity and socio-economic well-being.
“We are confident that Bersatu can become the best alternative and will be accepted by the majority of the people to lead Sabah,” he added.
Hajiji said the party will launch its manifesto before nomination day.
Bersatu should not dream of contesting a majority of seats in the Sabah snap election, said Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan.
Shahril (above) said this in response to Sabah Bersatu chief Hajiji Mohd Noor who said his party plans to contest in 45 out of 73 state seats (61.6 percent), including in eight Umno traditional seats which switched hands to Bersatu through defections.
“Today, Sabah Bersatu said they will contest 45 out of the 73 state seats in the upcoming Sabah election.
“Two words: Don’t dream,” he said in a statement
Shahril added that if Bersatu intends to be a friend of Umno, then it should behave like one.
“We can discuss, we can negotiate. Sabah Umno has the autonomy to decide on the candidates and seats to be contested.
“But if Bersatu is already professing its intention to contest in 45 out of the 73 seats even before negotiations, then it is not based on wisdom and sincerity,” he said.
He reminded that Bersatu’s action in Sabah could reverberate beyond the state.
“In the current political scenario, Sabah Bersatu should think before making a move or statements as every action will impact the grassroots and it is not confined to Sabah.”
Shahril said he was confident that Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin can manage the new political landscape in the state.