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DAP covering up ‘schoolboy error’

 | January 5, 2013

The party says the recount of the party elections was a schoolboy error and was a technical glitch.

GEORGE TOWN: It looks like the DAP is practicing double standard. They screwed up in the counting of the Dec 15 party elections. But they just brushed it aside as a technical glitch.

If this had happened to a Barisan Nasional party , DAP would have been screaming ‘election fraud and money politics’

As far as DAP is concerned this ‘technical glitch’ does not affect the party’s credibility or integrity.

Nor does it undermine secretary general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s  CAT slogan – competency, accountability and transparency.

Due to this technical “schoolboy” error, candidate Zairil Khir Johari who initially received 305 votes, had suddenly garnered 803 votes.

Now the latest vote count puts Zairil in 20th elected position of CEC.

Vincent Wu Him Ven, who was initially elected to CEC with 1,202 votes, has now only 669 votes and is in 26th position.

But he has been re-appointed into the CEC as a co-opted member.

Zairil, fast emerging parachute Malay politician in the DAP, is Lim’s political secretary and state-sponsored research body, Penang Institute, chief executive officer.

In its Thursday report, portal RoketKini.com played down the issue claiming that the “schoolboy” error would not affect many of 20 elected positions of CEC.

Some grassroots members are not happy with the recount and say the party had allegedly violated the law by amending the election results to accommodate Zairil.

They are now plan to submit a resolution to the CEC to declare the party polls as null and void, and hold fresh election for office bearers.

Members also want to know why it took so long to admit that the counting was flawed as the secretary general knew about the mistake the very next day.


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