In the Sabah Elections the ruling alliance Party has swept to victory, winning all 16 contested seats.
In the Sabah Elections the ruling alliance Party has swept to victory, winning all 16 contested seats. The results, declared on Saturday night (June 27th) in the State Capital, Kota Kinabalu, included 11 seats in which the Government candidates were unopposed.
Elections in the East Malaysian State, formerly British North Borneo, were postponed from May of last year because of race riots in West Malaysia, even though the disturbances did not affect Sabah or neighbouring Sarawak. The Sabah results gave Tunku Abdul Rahman's Alliance in the Central Parliament 82 of the 119 seats so far decided. The remaining 24 seats are being contested in Sarawak where month-long polling ends on 4th July.
Among those to cast his vote in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday was the State's Chief Minister and Chairman of the Sabah Alliance, Tun Dato Mustapha Bin Datu Harum, who said he believed the Alliance's sweeping victory was an endorsement of the party's "revolution for progress" policy. He was one of the 11 candidates returned unopposed.
Heavily guarded ballot boxes were taken by police to counting centres where officials later indicated that there had been a 70 per cent poll. No campaigning was permitted during the week-long Elections, and foreign correspondents were not allowed to enter the State to cover the polling or the declaration of results. No incidents were reported during the Elections.