SERDANG: PPBM members have agreed on a two-tier voting system, with one-man-one-vote for ordinary members to elect branch and divisional leaders.
However, the party’s powerful Supreme Council will be chosen by delegates voting at the party congress.
The decisions were taken at the party’s extraordinary general meeting today, at which the party constitution was also amended to allow party elections to be postponed for up to 18 months.
After the EGM, party chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the party hoped to hold elections by the end of this year.
“There were those who proposed the one-man-one-vote system (for all levels) but, practically, this is difficult for the top leadership lineup. But we will have it for the branch and division levels.”
PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir, who was also at the press conference, said the debate on the one-man-one-vote matter was a heated one.
He explained why the system could not be applied to the top leadership. “It is all about practicality. For the one-man-one-vote for the Supreme Council, the elections at the divisions must be held on the same date and all members must be present. If all members are involved, how are we to manage it?”
Mukhriz also said the EGM agreed to allow party polls to be postponed for up to 18 months from the date it was supposed to be held.
“Whether it is 18 months is another matter. The Supreme Council can decide if it is postponed for three or six months,” he said after the EGM at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang.
He said there were still some matters which needed to be resolved before elections could take place, including cleaning up PPBM’s membership roll.
“I am to report to the Supreme Council how much time is needed (for these issues to be resolved). Even if it’s next year, it shouldn’t go beyond June.”
At the EGM today, members approved 80 motions, all aimed at amending the party’s constitution.
Mahathir said the EGM decided that associate members, who are made up of non-Bumiputeras, cannot hold committee positions.