The AIADMK has received 154 nominations from party cadres to contest the December 7 election to elect the coordinator and joint coordinator through a single vote. The AIADMK has been in the thick of action after the December 1 meeting of its executive committee when the party’s bylaws were amended, leading to the internal elections.
A majority of the nominations submitted at the party headquarters was in favour of the AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami, party sources said
While the process of scrutinising the nominations was to end on Sunday, the party is likely to complete the exercise only on Monday morning. The elections are scheduled for Tuesday, December 7.
The AIADMK bylaw Rule 30 (i) makes it mandatory for 15 general council members to propose the candidates, while an equal number of GC members have to second them. They have to be members for a minimum of five years and should have their membership cards that were distributed by Jayalalithaa in 2013 and renewed after five years on October 8, 2018.
“We have received 154 nominations. With each nomination to be proposed and seconded by 15 members of the general council each, the process of scrutinising the nominations is taking time. We will continue the process on Monday morning,” senior party leader and election officer C Ponnaiyan told TOI. “Only after completing the verification process, we will know whether any serious contenders are there in the race, other than our present party coordinator and joint coordinator, whose names have been proposed by all our district secretaries, who are united on this,” said Ponnaiyan.
He said some of the applicants have applied for only one post, even though the amended bylaw clearly says the party’s primary members are to cast a single vote to elect two candidates for the posts of coordinator and joint coordinator. “In some cases, the GC members who have proposed or seconded the nominations were part of the earlier general council and not the present one,” Ponnaiyan said.
In case holding an election is warranted, with more than one set of contenders other than Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, AIADMK will unveil an app to enable all the primary members of the party to cast their votes. “In that case, we may need to postpone the election by a few days to popularise the app among the party’s primary numbers, ” a senior leader said. While the party always claimed that it has 1.5 crore members, the number came down by around 40 lakh, when AIADMK held a membership drive in 2018.
Meanwhile, AMMK general secretary T T V Dhinakaran on Sunday condemned the attempt by some in the AIADMK to blame AMMK for the attack on AIADMK party cadres inside their party office. “We believe in achieving our goal through democratic process and we do not support the route of non-violence, ” Dhinakaran said.