BENTONG - Candidates vying for posts in the strict party elections that bar open campaigning have been given a leeway to promote themselves on Facebook.
Umno election committee chairman Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the party had decided to allow the candidates for next month's polls to reach out to voters via the online social networking platform.
"The Umno disciplinary board will come down hard on them if they flout the code of ethics.
"But we will allow it if candidates want to use Facebook to introduce themselves. This will not be a problem," Tajol Rosli told reporters at the party's training institute in Janda Baik, near here, yesterday.
The move followed appeals by a number of candidates to allow greater flexibility to campaign without flouting the party's code of ethics that was drawn up to prevent vote buying.
The code bars candidates from most forms of open campaigning, including organising events and gatherings to canvas for votes.
Candidates had complained that the increase in the number of voters, from 2,500 in previous polls to 146,000 from this year meant that they now needed more avenues to reach out.
Polling for positions in the Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings will take place on Oct 12, while voting for supreme council positions is on Oct 19. Voters will be casting their ballots in their respective divisions.