March 1 case management, re-mention of election petitions against Anifah, Yamani


KOTA KINABALU: The Election Courts here yesterday fixed March 1 for case management and re-mention of election petitions filed against Kimanis member of parliament Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and his nephew Yamani Hafez Musa, the Sipitang member of parliament.

The petitions were separately mentioned before High Court Deputy Registrar Cindy Mc Juce Balitus for Kimanis and Judicial Commissioner Ismail Brahim for Sipitang in their respective chambers.

On February 18, the election petitions of Parti Warisan Sabah candidates for Kimanis, Datuk Karim Bujang and Norhayaty Mustapha for Sipitang petitions were ordered for trial after the Federal Court in Putrajaya set aside the Court of Appeal’s decision to affirm the verdicts of the Election Courts in Kota Kinabalu.

The Election Courts here on November, 19 and October 15, 2018, had struck out the petitions with costs respectively.

In his petition, Karim is challenging the victory of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Anifah @ Haniff Amman while Norhayaty is challenging the victory of former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman’s son Yamani, in the 14th General Election (GE) in May,  2018.

Karim had named Anifah and Election Commission (EC) as the first and second respondents respectively, and Yamani, returning officer for Sipitang and EC are first, second and third respondents respectively in Norhayaty’s petition.

Karim was represented by counsel Syaiful Sufyyian Sidin and counsel Rizwandean Bukhari M. Borhan and Wilson Chang Khai Sim acted for Anifah.

Meanwhile, Norhayaty was represented by counsel Chung Jiun Dau, Melanie Tann Mei Yan and Mohammed Fareez Mohammed Salleh.

The EC in both petitions was represented by counsel Faizal Sarbi and Abdul Fikry Jaafar Abdullah, and Yamani was represented by counsel Rizwandean and Azhier Farhan Arisin.