Monday, January 7, 2013

DAP CEC Elections : Tabulation Error or Sham?

From The Malaysian Insider report, "Malays fail to make the cut for DAP leadership posts", the elected members of the CEC are as follows:

Lim Kit Siang 1,607
Lim Guan Eng 1,576
Karpal Singh 1,411
Chong Chieng Jen 1,211
Anthony Loke Siew Fook 1,202
Vincent Wu Him Ven 1,202
Tan Kok Wai 1,199
Gobind Singh Deo 1,197
Tony Pua Kiam Wee 1,162
Teng Chang Khim 1,152
Fong Kui Lun 1,137
Nga Kor Ming 1,075
Chong Eng 1,006
Chow Kon Yeow 986
Liew Chin Tong 984
M. Kula 984
Boo Cheng Hau 958
Teresa Kok 925
Teo Nie Ching 903
Ngeh Koo Ham 824

It also reported a "total 68 candidates were nominated to vie for the 20 CEC posts but this morning, five withdrew from the elections leaving only 63 candidates".

In announcing officially the "error", "Administrative tabulation error in DAP National Congress CEC election results", it said,
"As a result of an error in the Excel spreadsheet, the votes for Candidates number 31 to 38 were exactly the same as those of Candidates number 61 to 68."
From the announcement, These are the names of candidates nos 31-38:
31 LIM LIP ENG 448
32 LIU TIAN KHIEW (RONNIE) 761
33 LOKE SIEW FOOK (ANTHONY) 1202
34 M. KULA 984
35 MANOGARAN A/L MARIMUTHU 305 6
36 MANOHARAN MALAYALAM 216
37 NG CHIN TSAI 39
38 NG WEI AIK 407

and the names of candidates nos 61-68:
61 WONG SAI HOONG 448
62 WONG SZE PHIN @ JIMMY 761
63 WU HIM VEN (VINCENT) 1202
64 YONG WUI WUI (VIOLET) *
65 ZAIRIL KHIR JOHARI 305
66 ZULKIFLI BIN MOHD NOOR 216
67 ROSELI BIN ABDUL GANI 39
68 TAN BOON PENG 407

So what?

Well, candidates 31-38 are in alphabetical order. That is, L-N.

However, candidates 61-68 are not. Another tabulation error perhaps.

Also, according to the explanation, the vote tally for candidates 31-38 are deemed accurate.

Therefore, when it said "votes for Candidates number 31 to 38 were exactly the same as those of Candidates 61 to 68", DAP is saying that the "error" is in the form of identical votes in particular lists.

The question now arises if M. Kula's 984 votes are accurate, is Liew Chin Tong's identical 984 votes also part of the "error" as with Anthony Loke and Vincent Wu? (See above members originally elected into the CEC)

For another matter, the actual audited results for candidates 61-68, not in alphabetical order:
61 WONG SAI HOONG 23
62 WONG SZE PHIN @ JIMMY 643
63 WU HIM VEN (VINCENT) 669
64 YONG WUI WUI (VIOLET) *
65 ZAIRIL KHIR JOHARI 803
66 ZULKIFLI BIN MOHD NOOR 249
67 ROSELI BIN ABDUL GANI 69
68 TAN BOON PENG 40

After all the flak, of the DAP being a Chinese chauvinist party by delegates ignoring Malays, Zairil squeezes in as an elected CEC member!

By 1 vote!

Veteran Dr Tan Seng Giaw, former deputy chairman, garnered 802 votes.

So, is it a tabulation error or a sham?

If it is no sham, it is one mighty convenient error.

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