KOTA KINABALU: No straight fights can be expected in all 25 parliamentary and 60 state seats in Sabah this 14th General Election on May 9.

If there is any, when nomination closes tomorrow, it will be a surprise. Based on candidates made public by political parties in the race, three cornered fights can be expected in one parliamentary and five state seats. Six cornered fights are expected two parliamentary and five state seats while the rest of the constituencies will see four to five hopefuls each - at least. Barisan Nasional, with Tan Sri Musa Aman leading the charge to win back the people’s mandate, is contesting in all the seats, offering a promise of continued progress, peace and prosperity. Bidding to unseat the BN coalition are at least 11 political parties that has announced their candidates, who their allies are and their agenda. Independent candidates, likely made up of disgruntled, ambitious or even ambiguous personalities can also be expected on both ends of the divide.

Parti Warisan Sabah led by former Umno vice president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal will be contesting in 16 parliamentary and 44 state seats. Parti Keadilan Rakyat, that has agreed to work with Warisan and DAP in their bid to topple the BN, will contest in six parliamentary and nine state seats. DAP is taking on three parliamentary and seven state seats. PAS has announced its desire to take on eight parliamentary and 18 state seats while its nemesis Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) are claiming two parliamentary and three state seats but has not named any candidates. PAN, a partner of the opposition coalition with PKR and DAP in Peninsular Malaysia, will clash with its allies if it does contest in any of the seats. Then there is Gabungan Sabah, a coalition of four Sabah based parties, Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat, that has agreed to work with Warisan and DAP in their bid to topple the BN, will contest in six parliamentary and nine state seats. Gabungan, which will see the likes of former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, former Federal minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin and maverick politician Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan in the fray, is taking on 21 parliamentary and 50 state seats. Another coalition, made up of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) and Parti Anak Negeri Sabah (Anak Negeri), is taking on 11 parliamentary and 29 state seat. Led by former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing of PCS and Datuk Henrynus Amin of Anak Negeri, the two parties will contest using their own logo. Then there is also Parti Kebangsaan Sabah that has announced it will contest in all state and parliamentary seats.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2018/04/362452/nomination-be-crowded-affair-sabah

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