KOTA KINABALU: Beluran MP Ronald Kiandee failed in his bid to unseat incumbent Beluran deputy chief Aspa Abdullah Sani in a second round of polling after the first round ended in a tie.
Kiandee lost his bid by seven votes, garnering 155 votes against Aspas 162 votes, in the second-round balloting mandated by the Umno constitution.
They were both tied at 145 votes each in a three-cornered contest in the first round on Monday. The third contender Ibrahim Saruna, who had obtained 51 votes, dropped out in the second round of balloting.
A total of 317 delegates cast their ballots in the second round at Sunbay Hotel in Sandakan on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Sabah Umno divisions Kudat and Keningau gave Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar two more vice-president nominations, leaving the foreign minister just two more nominations short of the minimum 20 for him to qualify to contest the post.
Keningau gave its other two vice-president nominations to incumbent Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, while Kudat gave theirs to another incumbent, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, and Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.
Muhyiddin, Ali Rustam, Muhammad and Mustapa have all qualified to contest the three vice-president posts.
Kudat and Keningau nominated Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the president and deputy president posts respectively.
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