Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: The delay in reaching a consensus on the list of 144 District Congress Committee (DCC) members has resulted in the postponement of the election to the post of Kollam DCC president to June 7. As per the election schedule, the election was to have been held on Saturday.

Congress sources said while elections had been held at the booth level, no election process was held to decide the presidents at the mandalam and block committee levels. These posts were filled up through de facto nomination process decided by a 21-member conciliation committee. In fact, it was a sharing process between groups that was still active in the party, sources said.

However, the real dispute arose at the stage of electing the DCC members. Instead of resorting to an election process, there was a move to nominate the bulk of the DCC members. The process was opposed since nominated members cannot contest as office-bearers and that again would result in office-bearers getting nominated instead of elected, the sources said.

A section of Congress workers has sent a plea seeking Defence Minister A.K Antony's intervention in the issue. The conciliation committee held a session late on Saturday top assess the situation.