The DAP party polls held on Sunday saw lower voter turnout than the all state elections held since the 14th General Election.
Held in Shah Alam, voting for DAP’s powerful decision-making body, known as the Central Executive Committee (CEC) saw a mere turnout of 52.52%.
A total of 4,149 delegates were eligible to vote, but only 2,179 delegates turned up.
It also saw a total of 152 spoiled votes.
In contrast, the Sabah state election saw a voter turnout rate of 66.61%, while Melaka, Sarawak and Johor saw 65.85%, 60.67% and 54.92% voter turnout respectively.
Among the high profile MPs voted out were Tony Pua, Ong Kian Ming and Yeo Bee Yin.
The trio are dubbed by political observers as the “Oxbridge faction”.
Outgoing Secretary General, Lim Guan Eng who was barred from re-election due to constitutional amendment was appointed party Chairman, while his father, Lim Kit Siang was appointed party mentor.
According to party insiders, the move was necessary to maintain the Lims’ influence over the party.
Both Kit Siang and son, Guan Eng have ruled the party for a combined 48 years.
Kit Siang was Secretary General for a span of 30 years between 1969 to 1999 while his son held the position for 18 years betwee 2004 to 2022.