Monday, February 18, 2013

Lok Satta Party elections to be completed by March-end

The State Election Authority of the Lok Satta Party plans to complete the party's organizational elections before the end of March 2013, its Chairman Kaki Madhava Rao announced today. If it encounters any unexpected problems, the slippage in the schedule will not exceed two weeks.

Addressing a media meeting, Mr. Madhava Rao, former Chief Secretary and State Election Commissioner, said that the authority would conduct the party elections in a fair, impartial and credible manner.

Active Lok Satta Party members will take part in voting to elect office-bearers at the constituency, district and State levels.

The authority will appoint district returning and assistant returning officers and train them. It will meet once again next week and announce the election schedule.

Mr. M. Padmanabha Reddy, retired IFS officer and Mr. K. Satyanarayana Murty, former Law Secretary and Election Commission Secretary are the two other members of the authority which met today.

Lok Satta Party national President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan told media earlier that he stood by the decision not to contest for the position of the State President. In reply to a question, he said he would contest from Kukatpally again in case he chose to run for the Assembly. Asked if he would contest for the Lok Sabha, Dr. JP said the question was premature.

Dr. JP said that the Lok Satta would like to demonstrate that the party is not the property of any individual but that of its members. The elections would provide an opportunity to competent people irrespective of their money power, pedigree and caste and religion to emerge as leaders and run the party.

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