KUCHING: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) is likely to impose stricter guidelines for its coming party elections in anticipation of intense competition for the top posts.
PBDS secretary-general Stanley Ajang Batok said stringent guidelines might be necessary to make the elections more transparent if there was an intense fight for key posts.
He said the party’s supreme council would decide on the guidelines.
Although a date has yet to be fixed for the party elections, which would be held during the triennial general assembly (TGA), the intense lobbying has begun for a possible contest of the post of president and deputy president.
Many branches have thrown their support behind party information chief Datuk Dr James Masing and vice-president Datuk S’ng Chee Hua to vie for the number one and two posts respectively.
Some branches are backing deputy president Datuk Daniel Tajem and treasurer-general Joseph Sallang, who is also the Julau MP, for the president and deputy president posts respectively, if party president Datuk Amar Leo Moggie sticks to his decision to retire after being at the helm for 20 years.
Moggie, who is also Energy, Communications and Multimedia Minister, announced early last year that he would not seek re-election at the TGA, which was earlier scheduled for September.
The president's post has never been contested since the party’s inception in 1983.
All the branches have been directed to hold their annual general meetings by the end of this month.
Ajang, who is also Belaga assemblyman, said the supreme council meeting in Marudi this weekend was unlikely to fix the date for the TGA.
“Nominations of candidates for the party elections will take place a month before the TGA,” he added in an interview yesterday.
On a news report that branches held duplicate annual general meetings, Ajang said the supreme council would discuss the matter.
He said a committee would be set up to verify the eligibility of branches to vote at the TGA.
Ajang said although there were 206 branches in the 2000 TGA, the numbers might increase as branches which had been revived would probably be allowed to attend the TGA.
“But we will study the merits of these branches on a case-by-case basis to determine their eligibility.”
He also confirmed that Henry Lian, a retired company director, had recently replaced Susan Ngau as the party executive secretary.
Dr Masing, who is also state Social Development and Urbanisation Minister, said he would not attend Saturday’s supreme council meeting as he would be abroad for ministerial duties.