Bersatu postpones nomination day

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has postponed the nomination day for its branch and divisional elections to allow the party to clean up its membership registry, its secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya says.

Initially, those contesting in the elections were to be nominated yesterday.

The new date is Jan 26.

Marzuki, who is also Deputy Foreign Minister, said the decision was made after the party’s supreme council met on Sunday, taking into account all the complaints received ahead of the polls.

Marzuki added that Bersatu branches and divisions had been directed to hold their annual general meetings between Feb 15 and April 18.

However, there was no rescheduling of the Bersatu annual general meeting, which will be held from June 26-28.

“The circular states that the nomination date of Jan 13 for the branch and divisional polls have been postponed to Jan 26 between 9am and 2pm,” said Marzuki.

Bersatu has 377,057 members and 2,946 branches nationwide.

“The postponement is to give us time to tidy up our membership list before the polls are held.

“These problems are due to the fact we are still a new party and this is our first party polls.

“We want to ensure a democratic process and the two-week postponement will allow us to clean up and explain to the grassroots leaders of the many dos and don’ts during the polls.

“Many are not aware of how party polls should work,” said Marzuki.

He explained that because the Registrar of Societies temporarily disbanded Bersatu in 2018, the party was only given the nod to form divisions in July that year.

“We had branches with members and when the divisions were okayed, we had to put branches under divisions and this is when the membership data became a bit jumbled and compromised as some of the division leaders were also new to this,” he added.

Some branches and divisions that had earlier set up stages for the nominations today, were forced to remove them after the party headquarters announced the postponement.

Marzuki said the branches and divisions were told not to spend too much on the nominations and related activities.

On Jan 8, Bersatu election committee chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the voting for branch committee members would be by show of hands.

“A secret balloting process will be used to elect division committee members and supreme council members,” he said.

Although the election results will be known immediately on polling day, the official announcement of top office-bearers will only be made on June 20, he said.

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