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GEORGE TOWN: The DAP’s fresh central executive committee polls will be held in November and all those nominated to contest in the earlier election will get a second shot.
Party chairman Karpal Singh, who announced this yesterday, said the DAP would retain the same list of candidates and delegates who participated in the party elections held in Penang on Dec 15 last year.
He said the fresh polls should be held by early November as the party constitution stated that the polls should be held within 10 weeks from the emergency CEC meeting held on Wednesday.
“We have not decided on the venue for the re-election. This will be decided at next Thursday’s meeting in Kuala Lumpur,” Karpal told reporters here yesterday.
He said the meeting would be attended by the previous CEC line-up (2008-2011) as the group was recognised by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Karpal, who is the Bukit Gelugor MP, said the decision to comply with the ROS’ directive was to ensure the party was not de-registered.
“It does not in any way mean that the DAP agrees with it. We made every effort to find out about the complaints lodged against us over the alleged irregularities at the CEC elections last year. Attempts to meet with the ROS were also futile,” he added.
Karpal said the DAP would be extra careful to avoid another technical glitch in the fresh polls.
At a separate event, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party was being forced to conduct fresh polls “despite not doing anything wrong”.
“Our corrected results were certified by an international accounting firm. For the coming re-election, we will get an international firm to be involved from the beginning to verify the results — otherwise the ROS could victimise us again,” he said.
On July 30, ROS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman had ordered the DAP to hold new CEC elections and informed the party that he was not satisfied with the “technical glitch” explanation given.
The CEC election turned controversial when Zairil Khir Johari, who is Lim’s political secretary, obtained 803 votes after a re-calculation of votes, as compared to 305 during the initial count.
The revised result saw Zairil landing himself the last of the 20 slots in the CEC.
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