New system for Umno polls

This is to ensure only eligible Umno members can elect grassroot committee and supreme council members. 

(Bernama) – Umno will be using a card scanner system to determine the eligibility of party members in the election process this year.

Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh said the system will be introduced at branch and divisional elections.

The system, he said was initially confined to the supreme council election during the Umno annual general assembly later this year but it would now be introduced at the grassroot level.

“This is the first time that the system will include the divisional and branch level following the amendment to the Umno constitution on the party election process.

“The system is to ensure that only members who are eligible can attend the meetings to elect the grassroots committee and supreme council members,” he told reporters here yesterday.

According to him, the party would go on a roadshow to all the states to explain to members how the new system works.

Earlier, Abdul Rauf and Umno election committee chairman Tajol Rosli Ghazali gave a closed-door briefing on the new system to more than 5,000 Perak Umno members at Dewan Jubli Perak here.

Meanwhile, Perak Umno liaison chairman Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the encouraging turnout by members from 1,700 Umno branches was a good sign in preparation for the party’s annual general assembly and branch and divisional elections.

The Umno supreme council had earlier fixed July 15 until Aug 31 for the meetings at branch level while the dates for divisional meetings and the annual general assembly would be based on feedback received by the roadshow team.