KUALA LUMPUR: DAP will not hold a fresh election, but will seek a meeting with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) following the department’s instruction for the party to hold fresh polls, Lim Guan Eng says.
The DAP secretary-general pointed out that the party had already conducted a re-election in 2013 as directed by the RoS.
DAP, Lim added, had also informed the RoS of the re-election results, which involved 2,576 qualified delegates.
“Therefore, the question of a fresh election does not arise.
“Nevertheless, we are prepared to meet the RoS to discuss the matter further,” Lim, who is also the Penang chief minister, told reporters after a meeting here today.
Also present were the party’s national publicity secretary Tony Pua, vice-chairman Teresa Kok and national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
Yesterday, the RoS issued a statement saying it had instructed DAP to hold a fresh election for its central executive committee (CEC), having decided that DAP’s earlier re-election, held on Sept 29, 2013, was not in accordance with the law.
“The RoS believes the appointment of the CEC members, as well as the main position holders through that re-election, is illegal.
“The re-election should be based on the list of delegates entitled to attend and vote for DAP’s CEC elections dated Dec 15, 2012, involving 2,576 delegates from 865 branches,” RoS director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah said in the statement.
The dispute over DAP’s last party elections started more than four years ago, some three weeks before the 13th general election (GE13), which was held on May 5, 2013.
On April 17, 2013, the RoS had sent a letter to Lim, stating that it did not recognise DAP’s CEC which had been elected during the party elections the year before.
Then-RoS director-general Abdul Rahman Othman said the non-recognition was due to the alleged dispute surrounding the party polls, and warned that DAP faced the risk of being de-registered.
However, the RoS issued another letter on April 19 stating that the party would be allowed to use its rocket symbol in GE13.
A re-election of the CEC was eventually carried out by DAP on Sept 29, 2013, but that too ran into problems, with the RoS still refusing to recognise the CEC.
On Jan 22, 2014, Lim filed a judicial review application on behalf of the party, saying the RoS had no power under the Societies Act 1966 to refuse the recognition of the CEC which was re-elected on Sept 29, 2013.
DAP decided to drop the application on Sept 23, 2014, following the RoS’ recognition of the re-elected CEC and its stand that statements on the matter were merely advice and not legally binding.