Sabah declares public holiday for polling tomorrow

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KOTA KINABALU (Sept 25): The Sabah government has declared tomorrow (Sept 26) as a special public holiday to enable the people to go out and vote in the 16th state election.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, in a statement today, said the declaration is in accordance with Section 9 of the Sabah Holidays Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 56).

The public are reminded to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for election conduct set by the Election Commission (EC). 

A total of 447 candidates, including 56 independents, are contesting for 73 state seats, including 13 new ones.

A total of 1,088,711 of the 1,103,646 normal voters are eligible to cast their ballots tomorrow as 14,935 people have already voted by post.