Umno polls: KJ and Shahrizat clear winners

Khairy arriving for the Umno polls results at the Putra World Trade Centre together with wife Nori Abdullah and mother Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid (left).

KUALA LUMPUR - Khairy Jamaluddin and Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil were well on their way to being retained as Umno Youth and Wanita chiefs after securing all the votes from the divisions whose results have been verified by the party headquarters as of 10.30pm yesterday.

Khairy won 27 of the 191 division votes, and Shahrizat 32.

Mas Ermieyati Samsudin looked set to become the new Puteri head, leading the race with 36 of the votes so far.

Both Khairy and Shahrizat were going for their second term while Puteri chief Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin had passed the 40-year age limit for the post.

Akhramsyah Sanusi, seen as Khairy's strongest challenger, did not obtain any vote, and neither did the other contenders, Syed Rosli Syed Harman, Mohd Karim Ali and Irwan Ambak Khalid Izhar.

Shahrizat's two challengers - Datuk Maznah Mazlan and Raihan Suleiman - also failed to secure any vote as at press time.

For the Youth deputy chief's post, Khairul Azwan Harun was ahead with 11 votes while his closest rival, Iruan Zulkefli, managed six.

Datuk Azizah Dun, who had obtained 24 votes, was likely to be the new Wanita deputy chief in a straight fight against Datuk Suraya Yaacob, who trailed with six.

In the Puteri polls, Zarida Zarik Khan and Norsabrina Mohd Noor were neck and neck for the deputy chief's post with 19 and 17 votes respectively.

About 220,000 delegates took part in the elections yesterday, casting their ballots at the meetings of the 191 divisions nationwide from 9am.

The elections this time round were held under a new system which raised the number of voting delegates in the three wings from about 2,500 in previous polls while lowering the entry requirements for candidates to make the party more democratic.

Umno executive secretary Datuk Rauf Yusoh said that "teething problems" were reported in about 10 per cent of the 191 divisions.

The problems ranged from ballot papers for one division being misplaced and technical problems with the counting machine used in another division, but Rauf said that most of the problems had been sorted out.

The Umno elections will be held on Oct 19, with 146,000 delegates voting, compared to 2,500 in the past.