Jeff Ooi says this would prevent a recurrence of last month’s fiasco.
GEORGE TOWN: A DAP parliamentarian has called on the party to engage external auditors to verify the results of all future party elections, saying this would prevent the recurrence of last month’s fiasco.
Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, in making the suggestion, acknowledged that DAP deserved some of the criticism it had been getting over the foul-up in tabulating the results of its latest Central Executive Committee (CEC) election.
He said the party should now consider it necessary to use the services of reputable auditing firms in the conduct of future elections.
DAP announced the revised results only last Thursday although, according to party officials, the glitch was discovered soon after the initial announcement on Dec 15. They explained that the party had waited for the completion of internal and external audits before announcing the correct results.
The party’s election returning officer, Pooi Weng Keong, said Vincent Wu, who had been placed at Number 6 among the 20 elected members of the CEC, did not actually win, and that Zairil Khir Johari, who was out of the initial list, had actually won the 20th spot. That made Zairil, who is party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, the only Malay to be elected to the CEC.
Ooi is confident that the public will eventually appreciate DAP’s transparency. He said the party’s “desire to be honest” was evident in its decision to engage auditors to verify the count.
“We will learn from this,” he added.
His proposal for external audits of future elections was welcomed by Zulkifli Mohd Noor, who heads DAP’s Penang Malay steering committee.
“We welcome anything constructive and positive so our organisational structure is well oiled,” Zulkifli said.
Meanwhile, Parti Cinta Malaysia vice president Huan Cheng Guan has added his voice to the criticism of the fiasco, saying it was incredible that such “simple counting” could go so wrong.
“Please wake up lah, even our kindergarten students can count,” he said. “Why can’t DAP counting agents do it?”
Huan said the delay in announcing the mistake was suspicious and was in no way a reflection of DAP’s commitment to transparency in administration.