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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 11:00:58 AM
by mazwin nik anis AND razak ahmad
KUALA LUMPUR: All those who are contesting for Umno supreme council positions and the leadership of its three wings have been cleared of bankruptcy and criminal charges.
Umno election committee chairman Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the party had screened all of the 260 hopefuls and everyone has been found to be “clean”.
“All candidates for the supreme council and the three wings are not bankrupts and neither do they have pending court cases,” he said at a press conference yesterday.
Tajol Rosli, however, said the same could not be said for all of the almost 34,000 candidates contesting for divisional posts.
He said the final number of those eligible to contest for the various divisional posts was 33,012 after weeding out 334 candidates who were bankrupts, 495 who withdrew and 39 aspirants who could not contest due to disciplinary issues as they had been found guilty of sabotaging the party during the 13th general election.
He said bankrupts were not allowed to contest in party polls in accordance with the regulation stipulated by the Registrar of Societies as well as Umno’s own constitution.
Tajol Rosli also announced that Umno Youth candidate for the supreme council Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz has been allowed to contest.
“We have taken into consideration that he has served as an exco member of the movement and is representing it in the contest,” he said.
Tun Faisal’s name was earlier dropped from the list of candidates contesting for the supreme council seat as he has never held any position at the divisional level.
Election rules stipulate those contesting for a supreme council seat to serve as committee member at divisional level or has been a member of the council for at least a term.
However, another candidate Prof Datuk Dr Zainul Fithri Othman from Selangor Umno was not so lucky as his appeal was rejected.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Rauf Yusuh meanwhile said that 1,703 of the 146,500 delegates who were supposed to vote would not be able to exercise their rights as they were bankrupts.
He said this was also in accordance with the ROS laws, adding that they were only eligible to attend branch level meetings.
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