The DAP central committee election election results are just out. Zairil is in, rising from 20th position to 12th, finishing just ahead of party stalwart Teresa Kok.
Surprisingly (or maybe not, given that he is the party strategist and played a role in the party’s inroads in Johor), Chin Tong finishes top, ahead of three DAP big guns. That’s a meteoric rise from the 14th position he achieved in his maiden appearance in the top 20 back in December 2012 – and a 46 per cent increase in the number of votes since then.
Chin Tong, the incumbent DAP national political education director, pips Kit Siang, who drops to second spot in the central committee results with 11 per cent fewer votes from the last time around.
Curiously, incumbent general secretary Guan Eng slips from second to fifth with an 18 per cent drop in the number of votes from December 2012. This is surprising, given the party’s strong performance in Penang at GE13 on 5 May. Interestingly enough, Chow Kon Yeow, who serves as a Penang state government exco member, moves up from 13th to 8th.
Incumbent chairman Karpal remains in third position – his number of votes about the same – while son Gobind climbs from seventh to fourth, displacing Chieng Jen, one of five vice-chairpersons, who slides to sixth.
Incumbent national organising secretary, Anthony Loke, who finished fifth in the previous central committee polls, drops to seventh this time.
About a quarter of the elected committee members are young ‘uns while only three (15 per cent) are women. The elected members remain dominated by a single ethnic group.
All 20 elected in the controversial polls last year have been elected again – which means the RoS has really nothing much to go on.
Compare the current results in the photo above with the 15 December 2012 party poll results (the revised version of the results on 29 December) as listed below:
1. Lim Kit Siang (1,607 votes) [ranked no 1 in 2008 polls]
2. Lim Guan Eng (1,576) 
3. Karpal Singh (1,411) 
4. Chong Chieng Jen (1,211) 
5. Loke Siew Fook (1,202) 
6. Tan Kok Wai (1,199) 
7. Gobind Singh Deo (1,197) 
8. Tony Pua (1,162) 
9. Teng Chang Khim (1,152) 
10. Fong Kui Lun (1,137) 
11. Nga Kor Ming (1,075) 
12. Chong Eng (1,006) 
13. Chow Kon Yeow (986) 
14. Liew Chin Tong (984) [new]
15. M Kulasegaran (984) 
16. Boo Cheng Hau (958) 
17. Teresa Kok (925) 
18. Teo Nie Ching (903) [new]
19. Ngeh Koo Ham (824) 
20. Zairil Khir Johari (803) [new]
The full central executive committee is made up of 20 elected members and 10 appointed members.
The newly re-elected DAP Central Executive Committee immediately held its first meeting to coopt the same 10 members appointed after the December 2012 election, reports Tony Pua in a Facebook entry. “The CEC has also unanimously elected the exact same office-bearers led by National Chairman Karpal Singh and Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng.”
What are your thoughts on the results?