ROS briefed on Umno’s decision not to contest top two party posts

PETALING JAYA: Umno has explained the no contest issue for the top two party posts to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

The party has also given its assurance that the no contest decision did not breach the Umno constitution, said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

He said the meeting was held at the ROS headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday, which he and four other Umno officials had attended.

“We presented documents that were prepared by our lawyers and provided explanation to issues raised by the ROS. It was a good meeting, held in a friendly and professional manner,” he said.

The ROS was represented by six officials headed by its director-general Nawardi Saad.

Ahmad asserted that there were no violations of meeting regulations or the constitution during the recent Umno general assembly.

“I informed the ROS that more than 90% of the delegates present at the assembly had agreed to motion number 8, which is for the positions of Umno president and deputy president not to be contested in the party polls,” he added.

Ahmad said additional documents would be handed over to the ROS tomorrow, including the general assembly’s minutes as well as the amendments to Umno’s constitution.

The Umno general assembly approved a motion for the top two posts not to be contested.

This means that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan will remain as president and deputy president respectively for another term.

The party had postponed its polls for 18 months after the 2018/2021 term ended on June 30 in 2021, which meant elections for the 2921/2023 term had to be held before Dec 30, 2022.

In May last year, Umno had amended its constitution to enable for party elections to be held six months after the general election.

It has also set dates for party polls which will be held from February till March 18 for all branch, divisions, wings, the three vice-presidents as well as supreme council posts.

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