Jaspal hints may contest for MIC vice-president's post


KUALA LUMPUR: MIC treasurer general Datuk Jaspal Singh has hinted that he would be contesting the vice-president's post in the upcoming party election.

"I am already a central working committee (CWC) member and may contest for a CWC post again or even go for the vice-president's post," he said after giving free flight and bus tickets to 60 poor Indian students who will be pursuing degree programmes at five public universities here.

Nominations for the MIC president's post has been set for Sept 1, with polling scheduled for Sept 22, in the event of a contest.

Apart from the presidential election, MIC will also hold elections for other national positions later this year. The date for this election is yet to be fixed.

Other posts up for grabs are deputy president, three vice-president posts and 23 CWC members.

On Thursday, nomination forms for the presidential polls were issued at the party's headquarters and respective state offices.

A total of 4,000 branch chairmen will cast their ballots to pick the party president.

The last MIC party election in 2009 saw Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu winning the president's post uncontested.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr G. Palanivel, who took over the party leadership from Samy Vellu in December 2010, had said he would hold the top post for another term if elected at the next election.

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