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Congress releases guidelines for president poll, party office-bearers can’t campaign for candidates

October 03, 2022 04:35 PM

New Delhi: Ahead of its presidential poll, the Congress on Monday issued a set of guidelines for the election, debarring party office-bearers from campaigning for the candidates.


Those who wish to support any candidate will have to first resign from their organisational post, stated the guidelines issued by the Congress' central election authority.


Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor are contesting the Congress president election in their personal capacity, the party said, noting that the "delegates are free to elect any one of them, as per their choice, through ballot paper".


AICC general secretaries/in-charges, joint secretaries, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents, Congress Legislature Party leaders, heads of frontal organisations, chiefs of departments, cells and all official spokespersons "shall not campaign for or against contesting candidates", it said.


"If they wish to support any candidate, they must first resign from their organisational post, after that they can participate in the campaign process," it said.


The polling for the Congress presidential election will be held on October 17. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 19 and the results will be declared on the same day.


More than 9,000 PCC delegates will vote in the poll.


The Congress asked all PCC presidents to extend courtesy to the candidates during their visits to the respective states.


The PCC presidents will provide and arrange a meeting hall, chairs and other public announcement equipments for the candidate who wishes to hold the meeting of PCC delegates, it said.


"However, no such meeting can be called by the PCC president in their personal capacity," it warned.


During the election, the Congress said, no candidate can use vehicles for bringing voters nor resort to any "undesired pamphleteering" or any other kind of publication propaganda.


"Controverters of these procedures shall render the candidatures election invalid and make them liable for disciplinary action," the party warned.


It said utmost care must be taken to ensure that there is no mala fide campaign against any candidate.


In a tweet, Tharoor said he welcomes the announcement by the party's chief election authority on the organisation's presidential election.


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