MCA polls to start next month, says Chong

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA polls will begin next month with the election of branch leaders, says party secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

He said the polls would begin with the selection of leaders at the branch level on April 29 and 30, follow by the divisional level on June 10 and 11, and would run until Sept 24 to elect the president, deputy president and four vice-presidents, as well as 25 central committee members.

He pointed out that the Wanita and Youth wings would pick their leadership at the state level on Aug 5 and 6, follow by the national level on Sept 23.

“Nominations will be carried out on July 27 and Sept 11, respectively,” he added.

He said the party polls involved 3,809 branches and 189 divisions nationwide.

Asked if there were suggestions to keep the president and deputy president posts uncontested, Chong replied: “No.”

“This has never happened in MCA, I think,” he told a press conference after the party’s 74th anniversary celebrations at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Chong revealed that this could be the last time the party adopted the “expanded electoral base” system in its elections, which would see some 33,000 delegates deciding on the party’s central leadership.

He expressed hope that the party would be able to exercise direct election in the next polls.

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