Youth Cong elections to be held again on December 8
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The Youth Congress is all set to hold the elections for its state committee once again. The Foundation of Advanced Management of Education (FAME) has fixed the date of the election as December 8. The election that was held in August this year was declared null and void.
The process for election will start on December 3 with the filing of nomination papers. The scrutiny of papers and allocation of symbols will be done on the same day. The process of voting will be held on December 8 till 3 pm. Results will be declared thereafter.
The election to the state committee of the Youth Congress was canceled following a complaint moved against one of the candidates, Maninder Singh Dhillon. At the time of the election, a case was pending against Dhillon in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Dhillon polled the highest votes when the elections were held.
There were nine candidates in the fray for the 10 posts in the state committee. The process is such that the person who polls the highest votes is declared the president.
A minimum of 21 votes are essential in favour of a candidate for him or her to be elected to the committee. The situation in August was that only five candidates managed to get elected. The rest could not even get the minimum votes required.
A few weeks ago, the case against Dhillon was quashed. A representation was given to the party leadership in Delhi seeking permission to allow those who had been elected to take over office. However, a decision was taken in a meeting held on Monday to conduct the elections again. The schedule for the elections was announced on Tuesday.
Those who had contested the elections last time opine that time and resources will have to be spent once again in holding the election and mobilizing voters to cast their vote. Harmail Kesri who had received the second highest votes during the last election says that it is difficult to justify to the voters why the elections are being held again. "The voters are questioning why the elections are being held again. While efforts are on to mobilize the workers, the turn out is not expected to be very high," he said.
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