JELI - Several branches in the Rantau Panjang and Kubang Kerian Umno divisions have been ordered by the party's election committee to hold fresh polls due to conflicts in the branch elections.
Announcing this, Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the delegates' meetings held by the branches failed to adhere to required procedures.
He said the two divisions were placed under the scrutiny of the committee to avoid Umno members in the branches involved from being victimised.
"Umno branches, which have valid complaints, will have to hold their delegates' meetings again to ensure transparency and fairplay," Mustapa said at an undergraduate gathering at the Jeli campus of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan here yesterday.
Mustapa, who is International Trade and Industry Minister, said Umno members should abide by the selection committee's decision to avoid controversies and conflicts.
"Branch and division leaders will be instrumental in Umno's foray at the next general election," he pointed out.
"We have to choose leaders who are clean, committed and hard-working," Mustapa said. "And not those who clamour for positions purely out of self-interest." - Bernama