Syed Abid Hussain Shah retained his post of president of the Kashmir Press Club Mirpur following elections on Thursday. Shah’s panel was declared the winner in the poll by securing five of the seven posts of the club, the Election Commission reported. The new offices have been elected for the two-year constitutional period.
As per official figures, Shah secured 35 votes, while his rival, Arshad Mahmood Butt, a former president of the press club, got 30. Sajaad Hussain Jiraal beat his rival Jabar Minhas with only two additional votes and was nominated the Secretary General of the club with 34 votes.
The remaining office bearers of the club are Senior Vice President Sayed Qamar Hayat Shah, Vice President Syed Sajaad Bukhari, Deputy General Secretary Tajdaar Subhani, Secretary Finance Rizwan Akram Khan, and Publicity Secretary Khalid Mahmood Anjam.
Chief Election Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amjad Iqbal said, the elections were held in a “free, fair and conducive atmosphere” at the press club auditorium under his supervision and that of Election Commissioner Jamil Sadiq.
For the press club 2012-13 elections, Sadiq said that 66 out of 75 registered eligible members of the press club exercised their right of vote to elect all seven office bearers of the club.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2012.
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