100 names missing in Kalabakan delegates list – Ghapur

Monday, 21 October 2013

KOTA KINABALU: The absence of nearly 100 members in the Kalabakan Umno delegates list has puzzled division chief Datuk Ghapur Salleh puzzlement.

Ghapur said there should be no names missing from the delegates list issued by the Umno headquarters as all party branches had held their meetings in accordance to the constitution.

“The headquarters has to explain why were so many names missing from the delegates list. Were they declared bankrupt or other reasons which disqualify them from becoming delegates?” he said after the Kalabakan Umno meeting here.

He said the Umno election process needed improvements, noting that the ballot papers for all posts were the same and thus could lead to confusion, especially for delegates who were illiterate or had eyesight problems.

Last week 14 of the 15 newly elected Kalabakan Umno Wanita committee members quit their posts to protest what they claimed were the wing’s questionable elections on Oct 12.

The polls saw the defeat of incumbent Kalabakan Umno Wanita chief Datuk Hamisa Samad to Cahaya Sulaiman while the vice chief’s post was won by Noraini Abdul Ghapur.

Hamisa’s faction, however, lodged a complaint over the polls outcome claiming that there was an excess of 47 ballots.

They claimed that Hamisa obtained 384 votes compared to the 417 ballots obtained by Cahaya while there were 10 spoilt votes.

Hamisa’s faction claimed that while 825 Wanita delegates were entitled to vote, only 764 attended the Oct 12 meeting.

Apart from Suriyani other Kalabakan Umno Wanita executive members who quit were Hindun Abu Bakar Titingan, Masnah Lama, Astika Tahir, Nurida Abu Bakar, Zainab @ Jainab Ali, Shaniah Sampar, Norizan Omar, Juo Amin, Fatimah Abdullah, Sofiah Daud, Asiah Indobeche and Muliati Engkeng.

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