MIRI: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) had deregistered two branches of the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), citing election irregularities.
The ROS ruled that there were irregularities committed in relation to the Piasau and Bekenu branches, located in Sarawak's Miri division during the branch elections in 2011.
ROS senior assistant director Desmond Das, confirmed that the two branches had been declared as illegal.
The Bekenu branch is headed by Tan Sri Peter Chin, who is also party president, while the Piasau branch is headed by Datuk Sebastian Ting, the party's information chief.
Das said that as at this particular time, only the Piasau and Bekenu branches are affected.
"As of now, the Piasau and Bekenu branches cannot operate anymore because their administration has been frozen. They have 30 days to appeal the deregistration.
"They must file an appeal within the 30 days-period and the appeal will go to the Home Minister. It is up him whether or not to overturn the de-registration," he told The Star.
The ROS launched an investigation into the SUPP branch elections after a faction led by Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh lodged a complaint alleging Chin and those aligned to him committed irregularities during the branch elections in December 2011.
Wong boycotted the SUPP triennial delegates conference together with a group of leaders and members aligned to him.
Wong and Chin have been embroiled in a prolonged tussle for the party presidency.