All AICC Gen Secys, State Incharges, Secys, Joint Secys Told Not Vote in Assigned State

Last updated: 13 October 2022 at 15:01 CET

Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge are competing for the post of Congress President.  (Image: News18 Hindi)

Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge are competing for the post of Congress President. (Image: News18 Hindi)

This was done to “remain impartial and maintain transparency in the electoral process,” according to the directive of Central Electoral Authority Chairman Madhusudan Mistry.

The Congressional Central Elections Authority has issued a directive that all AICC general secretaries, undersecretaries, secretaries and joint secretaries cast their ballots in the party’s presidential elections either in their home state or here at party headquarters, rather than in their assigned state.

This was done to “remain impartial and maintain transparency in the electoral process,” according to the directive of Central Electoral Authority Chairman Madhusudan Mistry.

“As you know, the election for the election of the Congress President will take place on Monday, October 17, 2022 at all PCC headquarters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In order to remain impartial in the electoral process and to maintain transparency, the Central Electoral Authority has decided that no AICC General Secretaries/Heads of State, secretaries and jt. Secretaries would be allowed to vote in their assigned state,” Mistry said in his message to AICC Secretaries-General, Under-Secretaries, Secretaries and Joint Secretaries. “Therefore, you are asked to cast your vote either in your home state or at the AICC office of your choice,” he said in his Oct. 11 letter.

Mistry had said on Wednesday that the congressional presidential election will be held by secret ballot and no one will know who voted for whom. He had assured that the same competitive conditions were guaranteed for both candidates.

In the polls, Shashi Tharoor meets Mallikarjun Kharge, who is considered the favorite for the top post due to his perceived closeness to the Gandhi family. However, the party and both candidates have maintained that the Gandhis are neutral in the polls.

The Congressional presidential election will be held on October 17th and the results will be released on October 19th.

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