MIC Presidential Election By Palanivel’s Supporters Invalid – Dr Subramaniam

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SUBANG JAYA, Aug 9 – The nomination and election process for the post of MIC president carried out by Datuk Seri G.Palanivel’s supporters Sunday was invalid and unofficial, said the party’s acting president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said the 2,800 MIC branch heads who gathered here today agreed not to recognise the result of the presidential election that was carried out.

“We have already decided that all meetings or elections carried out by any other group besides the current MIC Interim Central Working Committee (CWC) 2009 are unofficial and not acceptable in terms of the law.

“I was told there was a nomination for the post of MIC president in Sentul this morning. That’s not valid, unofficial and not accepted by anyone including the party,” he told reporters after officiating a gathering with MIC branch heads, here today.

In the nomination process organised by Palanivel’s supporters in Sentul today, the former Minister of Natural Resources and Environment was declared as the winner for the post of MIC president for the 2013-2016 term unopposed.

Dr Subramaniam pointed out that the official nomination for the party’s number one post would be held on Aug 21 and only the candidate to be elected on that nomination day would be the winner officially.

If there is a contest for the post of president of the 68-year-old party, the election will be held on Sept 6.

The Health Minister said the gathering of branch heads today also unanimously supported several resolutions including the loss of membership of five MIC members Ipso Facto, including Palanivel.

Four other MIC members who lost their memberships were two MIC vice-presidents namely Datuk S. Sothinathan and Tan Sri S. Balakrishnan, former MIC general secretary A. Prakash Rao and CWC member A. K. Ramalingam.

Dr Subramaniam said the gathering today also supported appropriate actions that should be taken by the Interim CWC 2009 according to instructions by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) as stated in the letters sent by the RoS dated Dec 5, Jan 19 and Feb 6.

The MIC crisis cropped up following differing opinions between Palanivel and Dr Subramaniam after the RoS issued a notice on Dec 5 asking the MIC to hold a party re-election.

In a letter to the Interim Central Working Committee (CWC) 2009 general secretary, A. Saktivel, the RoS Director-General Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah stated that Ipso Facto, Palanivel was no longer MIC president.

The letter also stated that Dr Subramaniam would take over duty from Palanivel as the acting MIC president.- Bernama

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