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Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 2:08:00 PM
Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 12:12:05 AM
by rashvinjeet s bedi, rahmah ghazali, AND t avineshwaran
Filepix shows (from left) Hishammuddin, Ahmad Zahid and Shafie after all three filed their nomination papers together on Sept 21
KUALA LUMPUR: All three incumbents, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, have been retained their vice-president post in the Umno elections Saturday.
As at 11pm, Hishammuddin has unofficially garnered 92 votes ahead of his closest contender Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir with 77. Ahmad Zahid and Shafie were earlier returned to the position with thumping majorities.
Although Hishammuddin and Mukhriz were about neck-and-neck in the initial stages of the vote count, he started pulling away after over half the 191 divisional votes had been declared.
The count as at 11pm has Ahmad Zahid with 166 votes followed by Shafie (152), Hishammuddin (92), Mukhriz (77), Tan Sri Isa Samad (8) and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (7).
Ahmad Zahid thanked the grassroots members and his Bagan Datoh division for their trust in returning him as Umno vice-president.
"I thank everybody in the machinery, my friends who have helped me and the delegates who have put me back among the Umno leadership," he said in a statement after it was clear that he had attained an unassailable lead.
Shafie said he was humbled by the strong support he received, adding that Umno should move from the election to assist the president and his deputy president meeting the challenges ahead.
“It is also important that whatever the outcome of this election, we close ranks, maintain unity so that Umno emerge stronger than before,” he added.
Some of the divisions voting for Ahmad Zahid were Gerik, Beruas, Paya Besar, Raub, Padang Rengas, Pagoh, Bentong, Tambun, Kampar, Ipoh Barat, Cheras, Tapah, Batu Gajah and Bukit Bendera.
Shafie garnered some of the votes from Raub, Padang Rengas, Pagoh, Bentong, Tambun, Kampar, Ipoh Barat, Tapah and Batu Gajah while Hishammuddin got some of his votes from Pagoh, Bentong, Tapah, Cheras and Bukit Bendera.
The top two post were uncontested as Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak retained his post as president while Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin maintained his post as deputy president.
The incumbent vice-presidents are Dr Ahmad Zahid, Hishammuddin and Shafie.
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