MCA to change vot­ing sys­tem

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KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is set to change its party elec­tion vot­ing sys­tem to al­low some 33,000 di­vi­sional del­e­gates to elect the top lead­er­ship.

It will hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meeting (EGM) on Satur­day to amend Ar­ti­cle 21 of the party con­sti­tu­tion to pro­vide for the new vot­ing sys­tem, styled after the United States elec­toral col­lege sys­tem that Umno adopted in 2013.

The new sys­tem will see 33,000 del­e­gates from 188 MCA di­vi­sions na­tion­wide di­rectly elect­ing the party’s pres­i­dent, deputy, four vice-pres­i­dents and 25 cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Cur­rently, the lead­ers are elected by 2,400 cen­tral del­e­gates dur­ing the party elec­tion, held ev­ery three years.

MCA deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Wee Jeck Seng ex­pressed con­fi­dence the new vot­ing sys­tem would put a stop to in­fight­ing and power strug­gles as it would ex­pand the voter base and make the party more demo­cratic.

It is part of a step-by-step process to trans­form MCA, he added.

Last month, when an­nounc­ing that MCA would amend its con­sti­tu­tion to al­low its di­vi­sional del­e­gates to elect the top lead­er­ship, party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they could no longer al­low them­selves to be torn apart by party polls.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst and ad­junct se­nior fel­low at Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore’s S. Ra­jarat­nam School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, Oh Ei Sun, said the party’s top lead­ers had been per­suad­ing its grass­roots lead­ers over the past few years to ac­cept the new sys­tem in or­der to make the party elec­tions more demo­cratic and ap­peal­ing.

MCA vet­eran leader Datuk Yap Pian Hon de­scribed the pro­posed amend­ments as “long over­due” and said he be­lieved del­e­gates at­tend­ing the EGM would ap­prove the move, Ber­nama reported.

How­ever, some vet­eran party lead­ers have ex­pressed con­cern that the new vot­ing sys­tem would see a large num­ber of in­ac­tive mem­bers in MCA be­ing granted the right to vote in the party elec­tion.

MCA is es­ti­mated to have 1.07 mil­lion mem­bers.

He said the lead­er­ship has to ex­plain how it plans to ad­dress the is­sue, fail­ing which dis­putes may arise be­tween cen­tral lead­ers and the di­vi­sions.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak is sched­uled to open MCA’s 63rd AGM on Sun­day.

Na­jib wel­comes Duterte at Per­dana Pu­tra in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day. Duterte ar­rived on Wed­nes­day for a two-day of­fi­cial visit.

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