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Saturday September 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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Rauf standing beside a sign that reads: ‘Collection of nomination papers for Umno polls is closed.’
KUALA LUMPUR: Ariffin Kassim arrived in the nick of time to pick up his Umno election nomination papers, making him the last aspirant to do so.
The Tawau Umno Youth chief, who is keen on contesting for a Youth executive council post, arrived at the party headquarters here at 4.15pm yesterday.
His nomination form bears the number 116, reflecting the number of candidates vying for the post.
Asked for his reason for doing it at the last minute, the 39-year-old businessman said it was an eleventh-hour decision after “testing the market”.
“I have been thinking of contesting for a long time but I only decided on it today after going around the country to gauge response from my fellow Umno Youth members,” he told The Star.
Meanwhile, Umno executive secretary Datuk Rauf Yusuh said the party headquarters had issued 318 nomination papers over the past week while the total number of papers issued for divisional election could only be known next week.
“Candidates will receive their numbers on a first-come-first-served basis and the headquarters will only accept forms issued by it,” he said.
“We will not accept forms that have been issued for divisions, which is meant for divisional election and which must be handed to the respective state Umno offices,” he added.
Aspiring candidates can submit their papers between 8am and 5pm today.
Rauf said the confirmed candidates’ list would be made known on Tuesday at the earliest, as aspirants would be given three days to withdraw while at the same time the headquarters would verify their eligibility.
Amendments made to the Umno constitution had made it easy for members to offer themselves as candidates in the party polls, which, for the first time, would see almost 150,000 members voting for the leadership.
Those contesting for the supreme council’s post must have held a post as a divisional committee member for at least one term or have served as a council member before.
Candidates for the Youth, Wanita and Puteri movements must at least have been an Umno member for three years.
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