KUALA LUMPUR: The requirement to send a 10-week notice in order to hold a party election is not an issue in the DAP’s upcoming central executive committee (CEC) re-election, Registrar of Societies (Ros) director-general Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah said.
He said unlike a party national congress, a special congress does not require the same period of notice.
“It’s not an issue for RoS. The DAP is not holding a national congress so there’s no need to give 10-week notice. We (RoS) did not ask the DAP to hold a nationwide party election. This is just for the CEC,” he said when contacted.
On Monday, former Bagan Luar DAP chairman G Asoghan questioned DAP’s failure to provide at least a 10-week notice to notify its members of the CEC re-election, which he said was demanded under the party’s constitution.
However, DAP legal bureau chief Gobind Singh Deo pointed out that the constitution stated that it only requires not less than seven days’ notice for a special congress to be held.
Gobind also said that the RoS was aware that the CEC re-election will be held through a special congress, adding that RoS had asked the party to only provide 14 days’ notice.
“The 10-week notice applies in the case of a party national congress. We are holding a special congress for the purpose of the re-election. Clause 8 of the Constitution is clear.
“It says notice to summon a Special Congress needs to be sent out not less than seven days before the date fixed for the special congress, which is Nov 12, 2017,” he said.
In 2013, RoS had ordered the first re-election of DAP's CEC after detecting irregularities and manipulation of votes by the party in its initial election in December 2012.
In July this year, RoS ordered DAP to hold a second re-election for the CEC, which was supposed to be based on the list of delegates, entitled to attend and vote in the CEC election in 2012.
After all issues were ironed out, the RoS on Oct 7 agreed to the independent audit firm proposed by DAP to monitor and conduct its CEC re-election - a United States-based audit firm, Grant Thornton.
However, Asoghan voiced disagreement with DAP for appointing a foreign-based audit firm, saying that it was a waste of party’s money and that many party members were unhappy with the decision.
When asked on RoS’ opinion on this, Razin explained that the agency had no problem with the auditing firm chosen by DAP.
“Previously it was the PKF Consulting who audited DAP’s last CEC and there were still problems. This is why the RoS asked DAP for an alternative.
“They chose Grant Thornton and we have no problem with this as long as it’s an independent firm,” he added.