PETALING JAYA - Khairul Azwan Harun is the new Umno Youth deputy chief after winning a re-election to break the tie between him and Jamawi Jaafar during the wing's Oct 12 election.
The re-election, held in Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah yesterday, saw the 36-year-old Khairul Azwan, who is Perak Umno Youth chief, receiving 161 and 96 votes from the respective divisions.
Jamawi, 39, who is Umno Youth chief for Tenom, received 61 votes from Gelang Patah and 69 from Sabak Bernam delegates.
During the Oct 12 election, Khairul Azwan and Jamawi were tied at 73 votes each after some 70,000 delegates in 190 divisions cast their ballots.
Apart from Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah, the Umno election committee had also directed Bachok to carry out a fresh election but the division could not do so yesterday as it claimed to have only received notice from the party headquarters on Monday.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Rauf Yusoh, who confirmed yesterday's results, however, said Youth delegates from Bachok need not conduct a re-election since Khairul Azwan had won in both Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah divisions.
"Sabak Bernam and Gelang Patah divisions held the re-election and from the results, it is concluded that Khairul Azwan is the winner for the deputy Youth chief's post," Rauf told The Star.
With the results of the re-election in the two divisions, Khairul Azwan is ahead with 75 votes.
In the original election, votes from Gelang Patah were not taken into account as its Youth wing meeting was suspended due to "technical problems".