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Poll fever at court complex

Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: Legal work took a back seat today, as advocates queued up at the new bar building on Jamshedpur court premises to cast their vote during the biennial polls of Jamshedpur Bar Association.

Though there are nearly 2180 members of the bar association and all have voting rights, only 1,400 turned up to elect the new executive body that will govern the association for the next two years.

Around 102 candidates, including nine women, are in the fray for the 16 posts. The results will be announced tomorrow evening.

Senior advocate of Jharkhand High Court and state bar council vice-chairman Radheshyam Goswami along with state bar council members R.S. Singh and Baleshwar Prasad Singh were appointed as observers, while senior advocate of Jamshedpur civil court Devendra Singh, advocates K.P. Singh, O.P. Agarwal, Sunil Singh, Suresh Chandra Choudhary, Jitender Singh, Harendra Kumar and Malkit Singh have been appointed as returning officers.

Dhalbhum SDO had deputed Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee tax official Ayodhya Singh as magistrate amidst heavy police bandobast.

Senior advocate and one of the returning officers Devendra Singh said the election was over by 4pm without any major disturbances.

“There were some problems when a few advocates turned up without valid identity cards to cast their vote. However, the matter was resolved soon. The ballot boxes have been sealed and kept in the bar association building under strict vigilance of security guards. The poll process was carried out with four CCTV cameras installed in strategic locations,” Singh added.

Present secretary Ajit Kumar Ambastha, senior advocate and former president M.P. Bannerjee and Ramjit Pandey are contesting for the single post of president, while there are eight contenders for the two posts of vice-president.

The secretary post has six candidates — present joint secretary Anil Kumar Tiwary, present vice-president Dipak Kumar Singh, Bijendra Kumar Singh, Ajay Kumar Dubey, Rathindra Nath Das and Sanjay Kumar Pandey.

There is stiff competition for the two posts of joint secretary, one post each of treasurer, assistant treasurer and nine executive committee members, too.

The formal process of campaigning for the election started around a fortnight ago with candidates distributing pamphlets with their serial numbers, mobile numbers and photographs.


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