DAP Election Fiasco

Reading about what happened in the DAP CEC elections, I can only laugh at what happened. I like to take what people say, at face value, and so I don’t think that there are any conspiracies involved. But it still beggars belief that they could screw up so royally.

Incidents like this just make me feel sad. It makes me think that our country is being run by a bunch of untrained monkeys – untrained, because a trained monkey would not make the kind of mistakes that they did.

Due to an unfortunate administrative tabulation error, the results which were announced on the evening of the 15th were not accurate. 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. The obvious error shown above was, however, not discovered before the official results were announced by the Speaker of the Congress.

As they themselves put it, it was an obvious error. The way that the DAP ran their CEC elections, was pretty well done from initial reports. But they obviously failed to double check the election results before announcing it.

The fact that they got an amateur to prepare the Excel worksheet is bad enough. The fact that they kept silent about it while they conducted an internal audit was worse. And the fact that they’re not annulling the results is even worst.

The error should not have happened in the first place. Everything should have been double checked. The Excel sheet should have been double checked, tested with random data, debugged etc. The results of the Excel sheet should have been checked with manual results.

The error was discovered after the Congress and I then notified the DAP Secretary General, Lim Guan Eng. Sdr Lim immediately instructed that the correct results must be made public subject to an internal audit to be carried out by Dr Ong Kian Ming and verification by an external auditor. The internal audit team re-tabulated the election tally sheet results to arrive at the correct figures.

Once the error was discovered, the first thing that they should have done was to announce that the error was discovered – and to announce an immediate audit by both internal and external auditors. This would’ve been the right thing to do.

Unfortunately, they didn’t do the right thing. Of course, they didn’t do the wrong thing either. They did what political parties do best – walk the grey.

Amateurs. Kids. Babies.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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