‘DAP should hold CEC re-elec­tion via na­tional congress’

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PUTRAJAYA: Two DAP del­e­gates yes­ter­day urged the party to hold its up­com­ing Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (CEC) re-elec­tion through a na­tional congress and not a spe­cial congress.

Ta­man Eh­san, Klang, DAP vicechief L. Pa­neer­sel­vam said the de­ci­sion to hold it through a spe­cial congress was an abrupt one and done with­out con­sult­ing the party’s del­e­gates.

Pa­neer­sel­vam and former DAP Bagan Luar branch chief G. Asoghan was met af­ter sub­mit­ting a mem­o­ran­dum to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Reg­istry of So­ci­eties (RoS) and Home Min­istry to in­ter­vene and re­solve the is­sue.

“The last CEC elec­tion was done based on a na­tional congress. Why is the re-elec­tion done through spe­cial congress?” he asked.

“We also want to know why RoS has agreed to this. As del­e­gates, we de­serve to know why the sud­den change and what is the ra­tio­nale be­hind it,” said Pa­neer­sel­vam.

He noted that Clause 8, Ar­ti­cle 8 of the DAP Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lated that a spe­cial congress was held to dis­cuss spe­cific mat­ters and not for elec­tion pur­poses.

“It is clearly stated in the con­sti­tu­tion that elec­tions should not be held through spe­cial con­gresses. Have there been any amend­ments in the con­sti­tu­tion that al­low elec­tions to be done through spe­cial congress? If yes, then why weren’t the del­e­gates in­formed?”

Asoghan ques­tioned DAP’s fail­ure to pro­vide at least a 10week no­tice to mem­bers on the CEC re-elec­tion, which he said was re­quired un­der the party’s con­sti­tu­tion.

“We have del­e­gates from all over the coun­try. We need the 10week pe­riod to be able to reach out to them.”

He de­manded DAP pub­lish a list of 2,576 party mem­bers who were still alive and those who had pulled out from the elec­tion.

“The del­e­gates will not ac­cept (na­tional or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary) An­thony Loke’s state­ment that he had re­ceived 500 let­ters from del­e­gates say­ing they will not be vot­ing in the CEC re-elec­tion.

“In or­der to en­sure that the CEC elec­tion is car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the party’s con­sti­tu­tion, we urge the RoS to mon­i­tor the party, in­clud­ing the list of valid del­e­gates.”


Ta­man Eh­san, Klang DAP vice-chief L. Pa­neer­sel­vam (left) and former DAP Bagan Luar branch chief G. Asoghan show­ing let­ters they sub­mit­ted to the Reg­istry of So­ci­eties in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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