“We will be transparent during the party election. Observers and representatives of candidates for the vice president and deputy president will also be present during the counting and tallying of votes,” PAS election commitee chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman told delegates on Friday.
The three-day PAS 57th annual assembly cum party election began today and will end on Sunday.
Earlier this morning, president Hadi Awang delivered a blistering speech. Hadi flatly rejected UMNO's offer to merge. He also slammed the UMNO elite for misruling the country with their corrupt and deceiving ways.
“UMNO as a Malay-bumiputera majority party was entrusted with leadership but the wealth of the nation has been turned into the private property of its leaders, while the ordinary people struggle to make ends meet," Hadi told the assembly.
“Umno has created a flock of Malays and Muslims who are blind and deaf to money politics, with entertainment and media used to turn Malays and Muslims stupid."
So far, only Hadi Awang and Youth Chief Nasrudin Tantawi have been returned unopposed. Hadi will begin his fifth straight term while Tantawi his second.
For the deputy president post, incumbent Nasharudin Mat Isa will be locked in a three-cornered fight against vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and PAS stalwart Mohamad Sabu.
The three vice president spots will be foughts amongst 6 candidates - Husam Musa, Nik Mohd Amar Abdullah, Idris Ahmad, Nizar Jamaluddin and incumbents Mahfuz Omar and Salahuddin Ayub.
A total of 53 candidates have been confirmed to contest for the remaining 18 position of the central working committee member.
Voting for the 2011-2013 term began at 4 pm and closed at 7pm.
- Malaysia Chronicle
Written by Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle