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MIC Elections Committee Replies Subra's Allegations

Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 14 @ 08:51:56 CDT

By S. Retnanathan KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) -- The MIC Elections Steering Committee Wednesday replied to allegations by party deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam on the conduct of party polls scheduled for June 24, saying camera phones would be disallowed in the polling booths.

Also, ballot papers would not bear serial numbers and those with unnecessary markings would be rejected.

Committee head Datuk K. Vijayanathan said the six-member elections panel this morning faxed the reply to Subramaniam's letter after finding no truth in the allegations he had raised in it.

"We have given particular importance to Subramaniam's letter as he is a candidate contesting the deputy presidency and also because he is the in*****bent," Vijayanathan told a news conference at the MIC headquarters here.

Subramaniam, who has been deputy president since 1981, is being challenged by vice-president Datuk G. Palanivel, who is president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's choice for deputy president.

Vijayanathan said Subramaniam had claimed in the letter, the only one received by the elections panel, that he had gathered information that cameras would be placed at strategic locations to monitor who the delegates vote for.

"The security people have been told not to allow anyone with camera phones into the voting hall. I have responded to his concerns in the letter," Vijayanathan said.

The elections committee also said that contrary to Subramaniam's understanding, ballot papers would not carry serial numbers.

"The ballot papers will only have the photographs of the candidates, their names and the designated booth to cast the ballot. There will be no other markings on the papers," Vijayanathan said.

Subramaniam had also expressed concern that voters would be asked to make secret markings or signs on the ballot papers to indicate who they vote for.

"If there are any other markings on the ballot paper, except to show who the ballot is cast for, it will be rejected," Vijayanathan said.

Vijayanathan also said that party veteran Datuk V. Govindaraj would not be allowed to be the agent for Subramaniam at the elections.

"The rules of the MIC elections state that an agent of a candidate must be a delegate at the assembly. Since Datuk Govindaraj is not a delegate, we have to turn down the request made by Datuk Subramaniam," he said.

Subramaniam, he said, had written to the committee requesting permission to allow Govindaraj to be appointed as his agent.

"Unfortunately, Govindaraj is not a delegate. He (Subramaniam) can pick anyone else but that person must be a delegate," Vijayanathan said.

He also said that the results of the elections would be known by 6.30pm on the same day at the latest.

A total of 1,441 delegates will cast their ballots in the elections to pick a deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) members.

Samy Vellu won the presidency unopposed for a record 10th term at the presidential nominations in March.

The 60th MIC general assembly will be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.




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