Friday, December 1, 2023

JUSCO Shramik Union elections postponed a second time

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Jamshedpur: In a joint press release issued on Friday evening, JUSCO Shramik Union Election Officer CS Jha and his deputy Ashwini Mathan have informed that the election process has been stalled. They stated that the decision was taken after they held talks with the East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar on Friday morning. This incidentally was the second occasion when the Union election had been stalled. On the first occasion the district administration had put a stay on the election on March 24 due to COVID-19.

On this occasion as per the press communiqu� released on Friday the reason for staying the JUSCO Shramik Union election was attributed to a lack of sufficient police strength. On the second occasion, the Union�s election process got underway on October 27 with the process of filing nomination for the post of president. Friday was the day fixed for withdrawing of nominations.

The JUSCO Shramik Union election process, as per the press release of the Election officials had commenced after the COVID period on October 27 although the Deputy Commissioner had verbally stated to postpone the election due unavailability of adequate police force because of deployment on festive occasion. However, the election officials gave their nod to continue with the election process as they had not received any written directive from the district administration to the contrary.

The district administration had put a stay on the JUSCO Shramik Union elections on March 24 because of COVID-19. This was the second occasion when the Union�s elections have been put on hold by the administration. Whether the elections would be held after Dipawali or Chhat was an issue that rested entirely on the district administration�s directives to the effect, the press release issued on Friday evening stated.

After the district administration put a stay on the election proceedings on Friday, printing of ballot papers have been put on hold. The Election Officer and his deputy in their joint press communiqu� informed that the last date for withdrawal of nominations was slated for Friday and no nomination was taken back. The contenders for the president�s post are co-opted member Raghunath Pandey, SK Jha and Uday Narayan Singh. The press release stated that the next time when the elections were held the Union would proceed directly for the polls. As per the present schedule, election was to be held on November 3 and 4 for 12 posts of office bearers and 20 of committee members. However, three committee members have already been elected unopposed.

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