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May date for trade body poll

The biennial election of Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA) — the oldest trade outfit in the state — will be held on May 11.

General secretary Santosh Khetan announced the date on Monday, adding that two returning officers — senior advocates Murlidhar Kedia and S.N. Khandelwal — had been appointed to conduct free and fair polling.

Over 25 candidates will be vying for the posts of president, general secretary, vice-president, secretary, trustees and executive members. Polling will be held at ASIA Bhavan from 1pm to 4.30pm.

“We are plugging all gaps to ensure the polling process is smooth and fair,” ASIA president R.K. Sinha said, adding that the election would take place through secret ballots.

Contestants can start filing their nomination papers from Friday at the office of the two returning officers. All nominations must be over by May 4. Candidates are allowed to withdraw their nomination by May 7 and the final list of contestants will be displayed the next day.

Of the 900-odd members about 600 have voting rights, while the others will be allowed to take part in the polling process if they clear their dues.

ASIA will hold its annual general body meeting and welcome ceremony for the new team in the last week of May.

Many office bearers are hoping to be re-elected, as the constitution of the outfit does not bar a person from contesting for the same post for a second term.

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