KOTA KINABALU: With 50 seats having an average of more than six candidates, the 16th State Election will be remembered as the most heavily contested to date.
New seat, Bengkoka earned the bragging rights of having the most number of candidates when 11 aspirants turned up to submit their nomination papers today.
Bengkoka has a registered voters of 11,543.
An equally-tight situation is in Inanam where 10 candidates, including incumbent Kenny Chua who is contesting as an independent, would be fighting to get votes from 26,024 voters.
Three seats, Api-Api, Paginatan and Lumadan are seeing a nine-cornered fight, while six seats are involved in an eight-cornered contest.
Based on the Election Commission statistics, there would be seven-cornered fights in 13 seats, six-corner (26 seats), five-corner (15 seats), four-corner (five seats) and three-corner (three seats).
The Election Commission listed 16 parties taking part in this State Election that has 1,124,598 registered voters.-Borneo Gazette