Ani­fah not sur­prised by Fed­eral Court’s de­ci­sion

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Fed­eral Court’s af­fir­ma­tion of the de­ci­sion of the Elec­tion Court judge to nul­lify the vic­tory of Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman in the Ki­ma­nis par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tion does not sur­prise the in­cum­bent.

Ani­fah who won the seat with 11,942 votes in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion, beat­ing Datuk Karim Bu­jang of Parti Warisan Sabah who gar­nered 11,786 votes and Parti Hara­pan Rakyat’s Jaa­far Is­mail who polled 1,300 votes, said that he was how­ever sad­dened by the de­ci­sion.

He said in a state­ment that he was shocked to see the three mem­bers of the panel to ad­ju­di­cate his ap­peal in court yes­ter­day were the ones who had pre­vi­ously al­lowed Karim’s ap­peal on Novem­ber 18, 2018.

“On my in­struc­tions, my coun­sel Haji An­sari Ab­dul­lah had ap­plied for the three judges to re­cuse them­selves from hear­ing my ap­peal on three grounds,” he said.

The three grounds were - the three judges had sat in the pre­vi­ous ap­peal and had there­fore formed an opin­ion on the same elec­tion pe­ti­tion and are there­fore not neu­tral; the prac­tice and con­ven­tion is that no Sabah judges will ad­ju­di­cate on elec­tion pe­ti­tions filed in Sabah; and that sev­eral grounds of the ap­peal are re­lated to the de­ci­sion of the pre­vi­ous panel.

“De­spite promis­ing to write the grounds of judge­ment, the panel that sat on Novem­ber 18, 2018 had not done so un­til to­day. I am not sur­prised if to­day’s panel will not give a wri en grounds of judge­ment,” he said.

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