PUTRAJAYA: An end is in sight for the MIC conundrum as the party is headed for fresh elections for all positions in the next five months, which are to be conducted by its interim Central Working Commit-tee (CWC) – the group elected in 2009.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the re-election process would begin at the branch level in April.
“The 2009 CWC will take over in the interim until the re-election is done, and they must form an election committee,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
He also outlined the re-election timetable for the rest: Youth, Wanita, Putera and Puteri wings between April and June, president in May, and for divisions, vice-presidents, deputy president and CWC in July.
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“Only the list of voters and branches established in 2012 can be used for this re-election,” he said.
Even then, the party is ordered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) – a department under the Home Ministry – to clean up the list to ensure the validity of the branches involved.
“The list must be presented to the RoS within 14 days from Feb 6.
“The party risks deregistration if it fails to do so,” Dr Ahmad Zahid added.
The RoS had also advised the party against holding its annual general meeting until the issue was settled.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the RoS was not taking sides as alleged.
“However, if police investigation reveals that there is bias, the officers involved will have to face action.
“I have been monitoring the investigation so far, and there seems to be no bias,” he added.
On Dec 5, RoS directed MIC to hold re-election for three vice-president and 23 CWC posts within 90 days.
When the crisis worsened, Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Feb 4 that MIC would conduct a re-election to resolve issues plaguing the 66-year-old party.-thestar