PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has retained the position of chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) as Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin faces off two others for the president's post.
The inaugural Bersatu polls also sees Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir vying for the president's post against Muhyiddin and an unknown Mohd Faiz Azli Sham.
The Deputy President's post sees three candidates - incumbent secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahaya, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Anas Akashah Nazri from Ampang.
Muhyiddin was nominated by Datuk Abu Bakar Mohamad while Muhkriz was nominated by his brother Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir and seconded by Marzuki.
Marzuki was nominated for the deputy president's post by Mukhriz and seconded by Dr Mahathir.
Bersatu party election committee chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar announced this to the media after nominations closed for the party polls at 3pm at the party headquarters on Monday (March 16).
For the post of three vice-presidents, 15 candidates have filed their papers, while for the Supreme Council, which has 20 positions, some 169 candidates will fight it out.
Among them are Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid, Salahuddin Amiruddin, Mohd Nizam Mohd Noh, Datuk Seri Irwan Mohd, Mohd Shahni Ismail, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof, Sabri Mohd, Abdul Rashid Asari, Sabirin Jaafar, Mohd Radzi Jidin, Datuk Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen, Hadivshan Abdullah, Ramizal Basiran, Ronald Kiandee and Mazlan Bujang.
For the Armada chief post, incumbent Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman will be facing off against former exco member Mohd Zamil Ismail and former aide Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal.
Incumbent Srikandi chief Datuk Seri Rina Harun is set to retain her post as she faces off four others including lawyer Azlina Mehtab Mohd Ishaq, Izza Ismail and Zuhuraina Makmur.
Syed Hamid also said that all elections, due on April 18, have been postponed indefinitely due to the Registrar of Societies' ruling that all meetings and gatherings be put on hold until June 30.
The Annual General Meeting of Bersatu due from June 26 to 28 will also be postponed until further notice, said Syed Hamid.