Kunhimon Kakiya from Makkah Central Committee was elected as the President unopposed. He got majority support of provincial, central and district committee representatives. Ashraf Vengat was selected for the post of General Secretary through voting. Khader Chengala was also in the fray for the post of General Secretary. Khader Chengala was chosen as the chairman. Ahmed Palayat from Jeddah KMCC was elected unopposed for the post of treasurer.
After unable to reach a consensus in the council meeting which started yesterday afternoon, only the main office bearers were appointed. Co-bearers will be found through further discussions. State Muslim League General Secretary PMA Salam, Vice President Abdurrahman Kallai, MLA Abid Hussain Thangal and PMA Sameer had already reached Saudi Arabia for the election. Voting for the position of President and Treasurer was not necessary based on the discussions held by the leaders to create consensus.
The voting was done after hours of long discussions and arguments in the National Council meeting to find the Secretary of the National Committee, when both sides were not ready to compromise. Ashraf Vengat, a native of Petta, Kozhikode, who was the former president and general secretary of the ad hoc committee, and Khader Chengala, a native of Kasargod, who is the secretary of the ad hoc committee and one of the directors of Gulf Chandrika, contested. Ashraf Vengat won the poll in which 110 councilors participated. Then Khader appointed Chengala as the chairman and reconciled.
After the new membership campaign, the elections of 38 provincial central committees and district committees under them were completed and the national elections were held. 55,000 is the current membership. The national component has 110 councilors as one councilor for 500 members.
The 16,000-member Jeddah Central Committee dominated the council, but had to settle for the key post of treasurer. Riyadh with 10,000 members and Dammam with 7,500 members are in second and third place. The path to the national presidency was made easier by the public acceptance of Kunjumon Kakia, the current president of Makkah KMCC. He is a native of Kutilangadi in Malappuram. Kunjumon Kakiya KMCC, which has been operating as a Makkah center for three decades, is a notable presence in the field of Hajj services.
Ahmad Palayat, who won unopposed as treasurer, was the former president of Jeddah KMCC and chairman of Hajj cell. Hailing from Chelembra, Kozhikode, he is the recognized face of Jeddah KMCC, which has the largest number of members, decades of work tradition and public acceptance.