Official Umno polls results only after 1am but Zahid leading now

Former Negeri Sembilan MB Mohamad Hasan is leading in race for deputy president. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The election results for Umno top posts are expected to be announced only about 1am.

The results are expected to be announced by party executive secretary Ab Rauf Yusoh.

“The results will only be announced once the counting of votes is completed satisfactorily,” he told FMT.

He said any results announced before the official announcement would stay unconfirmed.

The official results will be displayed at the auditorium in PWTC here.

The results will be for the president, deputy president, vice-presidents, Supreme Council members and division chief posts.

At the moment, a Twitter account of #PemilihanUmno2018 is updating the results as votes are being counted.

The Twitter account shows the results of “heavyweights” vying for the post of president.

It shows Bagan Datuk MP Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is the vice-president discharging the duties of the president, heading the total with 36 votes, followed by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin with 30 votes.

Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has obtained 10 votes.

There are 191 Umno divisions, with 146,000 delegates casting their votes since this morning. Voting finished about 5pm in some places.

The Umno elections have been postponed since 2016 to enable the party to concentrate on the 14th general election held on May 9.

Former prime minister Najib Razak had stepped down as the party president following the defeat of the Barisan Nasional to the Pakatan Harapan coalition in the general election. Zahid has been discharging the duties of the president since then.

The contest for the post of deputy president is a straight fight between Supreme Council member and former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hasan and Umno information chief Annuar Musa.

According to the Twitter account, Mohamad is leading the polls with 10 votes while Annuar has 8 votes so far.

The post of deputy president has been vacant since February 2016 when the then deputy president, Muhyiddin Yassin, was suspended from the party and sacked four months later.

Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein, who was carrying out the duties of deputy president, had decided not to contest any positions in the party’s central leadership in the Umno polls.