PETALING JAYA: The DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) will hold direct elections next month with delegates casting their votes for the movements five top leaders.
Dapsy national chairman Nga Kor Ming said this would be the first time in the partys history that the Youth wing would have direct elections for its chairman, deputy chairman, two vice-chairmen and secretary-general.
Previously, the delegates elect 20 National Executive Committee (NEC) members who then elect the main office-bearers.
Nga, who is Pantai Remis assemblyman, said those intending to contest the five top posts or the 15 NEC posts would have to file their nominations before Saturday.
He said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng would be present at the convention at the Crystal Crown Hotel here on July 3.
Under Dapsys new constitution, members who reach 40 years have to step down from their posts.
Former Dapsy chairman Teng Chang Khim, who initiated the amendments to the constitution to allow for direct elections, said: The main objective is to democratise the Youth wing.
He said the power to decide and implement the policies of Dapsy would lie with the political bureau comprising the five elected top officials.
Teng, who is Sungai Pinang assemblyman, said the amendments to the Dapsy constitution were ratified in the national congress last year and approved by the DAP central executive committee later.
I hope the Dapsy elections would one day lead to the national body also having direct elections, he said.