KUALA LUMPUR: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has announced that fresh polls for the party's central executive committee (CEC) will be held on Nov 12 at Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam.
Lim said DAP had agreed on the 10 requirements for the re-election set by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in a letter dated Sept 21, but described them as 'an anomaly' that has compelled the party to backtrack in their preparation for the upcoming general election.
"We appear to have somehow lost five years, even though we held a re-election in 2013. The (period) of five years does not count.
"The decision (made by RoS) was four years late. We are forced to start afresh," he told reporters at DAP headquarters here today.
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, said the re-election would be based on the list of delegates entitled to attend and vote in the CEC election in December 2012 which involved 2,576 members.
"Initially, we could have just hold an early party election in March next year but we are forced to hold this CEC re-election, based on complaints that are four years too late.
"However, we have nothing to hide and we are not afraid to hold another re-election as per RoS' instruction. I urge all delegates included in the 2012 list to attend the re-election," he added.
DAP national organisation secretary Anthony Loke described the set of rules laid out by RoS as a "special treatment".
"No such conditions or terms were given to any other political party. For example, RoS ordered for the audit firm to ensure that a notice on the re-election would be publicised in major newspapers (in English, Chinese and Tamil) 14 days before the poll.
"Such requirements are unprecedented in the history of Malaysian political parties but DAP is ready to cooperate and oblige.
"They also instructed for the notice to inform that valid DAP members could refer to the party's website or portal to access the list of delegates entitled to vote," he added.
The list of delegates issued in 2012 included 2,576 members from 865 branches but Lim said the figure would not be static due to factors such as voluntary exits by party members and deaths.
"We will use the 2012 list but there will be those who will be exempted as they are no longer with the party due to certain reasons.
"For example, the late Karpal Singh, former Sarawak DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng, and former Teluk Intan MP Seah Leong Peng. These are some of the names, apart from those who have left the party voluntarily, who are exempted," he said.
The RoS had on Oct 7, agreed to the independent audit firm proposed by DAP to monitor and conduct its CEC re-election.
RoS director-general Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah said the appointment of the United States-based audit firm Grant Thornton would replace PKF Consulting.
The decision was made after the party received strong opposition from its grassroots members, who had claimed that PKF Consulting had links with DAP leaders.
In July, 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.
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.