SHAH ALAM — Nov. 12, 2017: DAP’s veteran leader Lim Kit Siang received the highest vote of 1,199 at the special congress here today to elect its central executive committee members.
Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo was the next best with 1,198 while Kit Siang’s son Guan Eng came in third with 1,180.
The results were announced by election manager John Lau from independent audit firm Grant Thornton. The United States-based firm was appointed by the party to manage the election which was held to re-elect the 20 from a list of 62 candidates.
A total of 1,346 ballot papers were issued, with the number of spoilt votes totalling 36. The attendance for the congress saw a drop from the 1,725 in 2013.
Gobind’s father, the late Karpal Singh, received 43 votes to place him 54th, compared to third in the 2013 election that was not recognised by the Registrar or Societies and led to today’s special congress. Gobind was previously fourth.
This is the third time the CEC election was held since 2012. The 2012 results were disputed by some members due to a glitch in the process, following which another was held seven month later and this time the results were rejected by the RoS.
The same delegates list used in 2012 and 2013 was used this time.
Former Pandamaran assemblyman Ronnie Liu made a comeback after receiving 688 votes. — Bernama