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Tunku Aziz: Top DAP leaders should step down

 | February 28, 2013

He says their appointment is null and void as the Central Executive Committee election was not conducted properly

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s top leaders should step down “in good faith” pending investigations into the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) polls, the party’s former vice president, Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, said today.

“If the CEC election is not conducted properly, then it should follow that all party leadership appointments made by the 20 elected CEC members are automatically rendered null and void,” said Tunku Aziz in a press conference today.

On Dec 15, DAP grassroots delegates had elected 20 leaders into the party’s supreme decision-making body, the CEC.

The 20 CEC members in turn appointed the DAP’s top leaders, including the party’s secretary-general and chairman, during its first meeting.

“The 20 CEC members themselves were elected under a flawed election process, and therefore the action they took in appointing the secretary-general and others had no constitutional effect,” said Tunku Aziz.

He pointed out that Vincent Wu Him Ven had been present at the first CEC meeting before the party election results were rectified and Vincent was replaced by Zairil Khir Johari.

Vincent was then reappointed into the CEC as a co-opted member.

“Despite the admission by the party that a mistake [was] made because, they claimed, of a computer glitch, the appointed office bearers of the current CEC are still the same people appointed at the first meeting which Vincent attended,” said Tunku Aziz.

“Therefore, if Vincent was not supposed to be in the CEC as he was not among the top 20 winning candidates for the CEC, it follows then that the first meeting of CEC was not valid.”

A recalculation of the CEC votes had discovered that Zairil had actually received 803 votes — instead of the earlier announced 205 votes — putting him in the 20th position for the 20 CEC seats up for grabs.

Vincent was found to have only received 669 votes, and not 1,202 as previously declared.

“We expect the Registrar of Societies (ROS) will take urgent steps to look not only into the conduct of the election, but also the legal implications as they affect the standing of the top party posts appointed by the CEC….it is a matter of great public interest,” said Tunku Aziz.

ROS should order suspension

He stressed that should the leaders refuse to step down, the ROS should order a suspension of all those appointed by the CEC.

“The appointments of the top leaders of DAP should, while investigations are going on, be suspended so that they cannot function in the positions to which they were appointed.

“It is very clear to me that they cannot justify remaining as chairman, secretary general and all other positions. The whole process has raised a number of questions on legal, ethical and personal morality,” said Tunku Aziz.

Several DAP life members had previously submitted requests to the ROS to investigate whether elements of fraud existed in the election of the party’s CEC.


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