After MPs’ letter, Congress says president post contestants can see poll roll | India News

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NEW DELHI: Congress on Saturday said any member intending to file nomination for the party president’s election will be able to see the entire list of 9,000-plus delegates, who form the electoral college, in the election office at the AICC headquarters. It said the voters list will be provided to members who file the papers to contest the polls, and will not be released publicly.
The response from the chairman of the AICC central election authority Madhusudan Mistry put an end to the demands for the release of the voters list, despite repeated reminders that it has never been the norm in the internal polls.
Mistry replied to a letter from five Congress MPs — Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari, Pradyot Bordoloi, Abdul Khaleque and Karti Chidambaram — who had argued that the need to ensure transparency in the party polls required that the voters list be made public.
While the MPs had been persistent in their call, they tamely approved Mistry’s arguments by expressing satisfaction and signalling it was the end of the debate on the issue.
Mistry said an election aspirant could obtain the names of 10 delegates as proposers for their respective state Congress offices, while those intending to pick proposers from different states could see the all-India list at the AICC office. He said once a member filed the nomination, he will be given the entire list. The date of nomination is September 24-30.
“This should resolve the anxiety of anybody about the process of filing their nominations without knowing the names of the delegatesTharoor tweeted, “I am pleased that this clarification has come in the form of his constructive reply to our letter. In view of these assurances, I am satisfied. Many will be glad to move on with an election process that in my view will only strengthen the party. ” Chidambaram endorsed Tharoor’s sentiments.



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