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|Polls panel remark stirs election
The Star: 29 July 1998
By Ruben Sario
KOTA KINABALU: A state election as early as next month is what some political parties here are anticipating while others say it could be as late as February.
The speculation on a possible August date was further fuelled by an Election Commission announcement last Wednesday that it had received a RM4mil allocation.
The next state polls have to be held by March-end but opposition and Barisan Nasional parties said yesterday the government was not likely to wait until the end of its term.
Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president Dr Maximus Ongkili said the Barisan government would want to keep the element of surprise.
"So, I think they may even call for polls next month," he said.
He said if not in August, then the polls could be in November after the Commonwealth Games and the Apec summit.
Saying that the elections could also be held in February, he said the PBS was already gearing up at the grassroots level.
Parti Akar secretary-general Ronald Kiandee said his party was expecting an announcement "any time."
Sabah Umno information chief Datuk Karim Ghani declined to predict but said it was time for the party and the Barisan to tidy up their election machinery.