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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 10:59:58 AM
by razak ahmad AND mazwin nik anis
UMNO is heading into its biggest party election in its 67-year history, with over 146,000 delegates casting their ballots in the next 10 days to choose their leaders.
On Oct 12, they will pick their representatives in the Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings, and on Oct 19 for the divisional, supreme council and vice-president’s posts.
It will be the first polls following amendments to the party constitution in 2009 to allow more members to elect their leaders.
Before the new system, polling was only among 2,500 delegates from the respective divisions, wings and central body.
The following Q&A will help to thrash out the hot issues of the polls.
Q: What is the importance of the coming Umno polls?
A: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have both won uncontested but the three elected vice-presidencies and 25 elected supreme council posts are up for grabs. Any future Cabinet reshuffle will take into account the coming line-up. The outcome of the vice-presidential race will indicate who the future Umno leader could be.
Q: How many members are voting in the election?
A: On Oct 12, there will be 70,000 delegates voting in the Umno Youth election; 100,000 in Wanita and 50,000 in Puteri. They will vote for their leaders at divisional and national levels.
On Oct 19, some 146,500 delegates will choose their divisional leaders, supreme council members and three vice-presidents.
Q: How are the voting delegates selected?
A: They were chosen at their respective branch meetings, which took place from July to September.
Q: Where will they vote?
A: Polling will take place in all of Umno’s 191 divisions.
Q: How and where will the ballots be tallied?
A: Counting will be done by the election committee in each division.
Counting machines will be used to tally the votes.
The results will be confirmed and verified by auditors appointed by the party.
A total of 35,000 members and volunteers nationwide will facilitate the balloting and vote counting process.
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