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KUALA LUMPUR, July 13, 2015:

Only 20 MIC branches nationwide will need to conduct re-elections, said its acting president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said the re-elections were being held for posts such as branch or youth chairman but this was due to “politics at the local level”.

He said 2,492 branches had taken part in the nomination process, adding that another 250 branches needed verification.

“This process will be carried out by the party headquarters, we will decide whether to accept or reject their nomination forms,” he told reporters after the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

The Health Minister said the forms have been sent to 3,195 branches via Pos Laju and there have been complaints that some of them did not receive the forms or that the forms were sent to the wrong address.

“They can lodge their complaints with the party secretary general and the appeals committee will study their grouses.”

Subramaniam said their appeals must be based on fair and reasonable grounds.

“If we accept their appeal, the party will ensure that they can carry out their nominations as quickly as possible because the branch elections will be held from July 20-26.”

He pointed out the branches themselves had fixed the elections date and the party headquarters would help carry out the elections.

“The fact that the nominations had gone ahead smoothly, shows the maturity of MIC leaders and what they want for the party.

“This bodes well for the party’s future, it will help us move forward as one.”

He hoped that the party presidential nominations could be held in early August and elections at the end of August should there be any challenges.

Subramaniam stressed they could only move forward after solving all the problems faced by its branches.

On branches that did not take part in the nomination process, he said they cannot participate in any of the elections.

He added the branches would only be reactivated once a new CWC was elected as the interim CWC does not have such powers.

The nominations were meant for the re-elections which would end in October.

The re-election was called for by the Registrar of Societies after it had ruled that there were irregularities in the 2013 party polls.

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