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Sunday, 6 April 2014

ROS probing complaints of foul play in MIC polls

PETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (ROS) is investigating six complaints of irregularities during the MIC party elections held in Malacca on Nov 30.

The ROS has called up 12 MIC leaders over the past two months, including former secretary-general A. Sakthivel, as part of the probe.

It is learnt that officials also visited the MIC headquarters and took away some files on Thursday.

The complaints were filed by former MIC Youth chief Datuk T. Mohan, former MIC Youth chief Datuk S.A. Vigneswaran, former MIC treasurer Datuk Jaspal Singh and former central working committee (CWC) member Madhu Marimuthu.

Mohan, Vigneswaran and Jaspal lost in the race for the three vice-president posts while Madhu failed in his bid to be re-elected to the CWC.

Former Puteri MIC chief Usha Nandini had also lodged a report against the party leadership for denying 15 votes allotted to the wing.

The complainants wanted the ROS to nullify the results and order fresh elections for the 23-member CWC and vice-presidency.

There were also claims of irregular increase of ballot papers for the vice-president posts.

Mohan confirmed that he had lodged a report along with several other candidates who lost.

“I have already given my statement to ROS,” he said.

Madhu said he was interviewed for six hours at the ROS office in Putrajaya in February.

“I hope ROS will make a decision as soon as possible,” he said.

In January, Mohan and Madhu submitted two memoranda to the party leadership stating why a re-election was needed.

However, party president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the CWC had accepted the results and requests for a re-election would not be entertained.

When contacted, MIC secretary-general Prakash Rao, confirmed that ROS officials had visited the party headquarters.

“They came to check on technical details of a few branches,” he said.

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