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Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday August 27, 2013 MYT 7:44:26 AM
by sira habibu
PETALING JAYA: Zairil Khir Johari (pic), who is at the centre of the DAP polls controversy, is offering to stand again in the central executive committee (CEC) election.
“My only hope is that the delegates would choose the best candidate based on capability and performance track record,” he said in a statement yesterday.
In January, three weeks after the party’s CEC election, the DAP leadership announced that amendment to the results and a recount of votes saw Zairil, who had initially lost, securing an elected post.
The amendment also caused Wu Him Ven to lose his position as a CEC member.
Following complaints of electoral discrepancies, the Registrar of Societies had called on DAP to hold fresh polls as it was not satisfied with the explanation provided by the party to counter the allegations.
Last week, the party announced that it would hold a CEC re-election under protest on Sept 29, saying that the candidate list for the re-election would be the same as the one used for the 2012 national congress.
Sedar Institute executive director Ivan Grewal said DAP should invite credible external bodies to supervise its upcoming party re-election, as the previous results were regarded as null and void following the complaints of irregularities.
“DAP can even invite (Bersih chairman) S. Ambiga, the preacher of free and fair election, to observe their electoral process.
“DAP should not fear coming under scrutiny if they really practice what they preach with regards to transparency and accountability,” he said.
He said DAP should not hold the polls using the old nomination list but instead start fresh with a new list, otherwise it would defeat the purpose of calling for fresh polls.
Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the party should appoint a credible audit firm to audit the party election for greater transparency and accountability.
He claimed that the firm the party was appointing was connected to party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said the party had decided on an audit firm for the election but its name would be announced in due time.
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