For BN: they blame `local factor’ -is it the `bad candidate’ factor as mentioned earlier? Are there other areas where they would review to improve their chances next time? The next by-election most likely to be in Pensiangan in Sabah’s interior. Even more local factors will be at work. BN need to do a better job here.
PR: 2:0 win in terms of post-general election contests later the coalition is looking forward to next by-election with greater confidence. However the weaknesses among the coalition partners may emerge as a worry. While PAS may not feature much in Sabah politics-the differences among the coalition partners need a mechanism to manage so that the voters will not feel lost as to what exactly is the stand of the PR;
EC/SPR : a new leadership is in place-to what extent they (re)shape the by-election under their management? Negative developments at the by-election eg new restrictions on local observers, are they the work of these `new brooms’ or the leftover from previous team which await a clean-up by the new team?
Observers: What strategy will be adopted to fight the new restrictions from EC? The 2 observers group have differemnt strategies-which one will work better? What house-cleaning issues to be tackled to keep the groups active in between elections when the prospect of (external) funding is unlikly?