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Thursday October 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by mazwin nik anis AND mohd farhaan shah
Khairul Azwan Harun
PETALING JAYA: Khairul Azwan Harun is the new Umno Youth deputy chief after winning a re-election to break the tie between him and Jamawi Jaafar during the wing’s Oct 12 election.
The re-election, held in Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah yesterday, saw the 36-year-old Khairul Azwan, who is Perak Umno Youth chief, receiving 161 and 96 votes from the respective divisions.
Jamawi, 39, who is Umno Youth chief for Tenom, received 61 votes from Gelang Patah and 69 from Sabak Bernam delegates.
During the Oct 12 election, Khairul Azwan and Jamawi were tied at 73 votes each after some 70,000 delegates in 190 divisions cast their ballots.
Apart from Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah, the Umno election committee had also directed Bachok to carry out a fresh election but the division could not do so yesterday as it claimed to have only received notice from the party headquarters on Monday.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Rauf Yusoh, who confirmed yesterday’s results, however, said Youth delegates from Bachok need not conduct a re-election since Khairul Azwan had won in both Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah divisions.
“Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah divisions held the re-election and from the results, it is concluded that Khairul Azwan is the winner for the deputy Youth chief’s post,” Rauf told The Star.
With the results of the re-election in the two divisions, Khairul Azwan is ahead with 75 votes.
In the original election, votes from Gelang Patah were not taken into account as its Youth wing meeting was suspended due to “technical problems”.
Jamawi said although the outcome of the fresh elections did not favour him, his loyalty and love for the party and Umno Youth remained strong.
“I am proud that even though I did not make it, I have strong grassroots support based on the 21,983 popular votes received,” he said.
According to records, Khairul Azwan received slightly over 17,000 ballots under the electoral college voting system.
Khairul Azwan could not be reached for comments.
On another matter, Rauf said the special committee to look into complaints involving the party polls was collecting information on several incidents which occurred during the election, including the unhappiness among delegates over the divisional results.
“We will study each complaint vigilantly before deciding on follow-up action,” he said.
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