ANDHRA PRADESH

Now, gearing up for co-op elections

The Agiripilli PACS has one more year to go for its term to end

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: There will be no respite for political parties as they will have to get busy preparing strategies to win elections for cooperative societies to be held in October. The authorities concerned are making arrangements to conduct elections to the 424 primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS) in the district in two phases. There will be no election, however, for the Agiripilli PACS, which has one more year to go before its term ends.

After amendments to the Cooperative Act, the number of PACS in the district has come down from 461 to 425. The non-viable societies are being merged into other societies. District cooperative officer G.Venkateswara Reddy says that the election process for the PACS will begin with the Collector and district election authority releasing the notification on October 5. Elections for PACS in Vijayawada and Machilipatnam (revenue) divisions will be conducted in the first phase and for societies in Nuzvid and Gudivada divisions in the second phase.

A day after District Collector Naveen Mittal releases the notification, the election officers concerned will issue election notifications to the PACS in Vijayawada and Machilipatnam divisions on October 6. The election notifications for PACS that will go to poll in the second phase would be issued on October 10.

Nominations

For PACS going to poll in the first phase, nominations will be accepted on October 14, the nominations will be scrutinised on the next day and the last day for withdrawal of nominations would be October 16. For Nuzvid and Gudivada divisions, nominations will be accepted on October 18, the papers will be scrutinised the next day and the last day for withdrawal would be October 20. The elections for PACS will be held in the first phase on October 22 and for those in the second phase on October 26. The elections for office-bearers, which are indirect, would be held later, Mr Reddy said.

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