TAMIL NADU

Cooperative society election postponed

R. Sairam and D. Karthikeyan

Returning Officer cites ‘law and order’ problem

MADURAI: Election for the Madurai Electricity Board Employees’ (Public) Cooperative Thrift and Credit Society was postponed on Friday, following a scuffle between two factions of employees.

The Returning Officer, R. Rohini, cited “law and order problems” for postponement and did not mention a date for the election.

The election was scheduled for Wednesday (July 11) and 39 nominations for six posts were accepted on Thursday (July 5).

The Returning Officer should have announced the list of eligible contestants and their allotted numbers on Friday, according to one of the contestants, P. Rajendran. However, following heated arguments among the employees, the list was not put out.

“Undue pressure”

Mr. Rajendran alleged that “undue pressure” was being exerted on the election process to ensure that candidates affiliated to one political party bagged all the six posts. The list containing the candidates’ numbers should have been put up by 1 p.m. itself. Yet, due to “outside intervention,” it was not done so, he said.

Six withdrew

Six candidates had already withdrawn from the contest. Of the six members who would get elected, one would be the director, he added.

Despite the presence of a posse of police personnel, two factions almost came to trading blows even as some of them were talking to mediapersons.

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