Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday announced to conduct organisational elections to elect the new body of the party in August.
“The election process for electing the new organisational structure will start from August 1 while the meetings for the election of circle and district level delegates as well as the election of state delegates will be held in all the districts between August 1 to 10,” said SAD Secretary and spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema, adding that a general delegate session to elect the party President and other office bearers will be held on August 30.
Cheema said that last time election of the SAD President was held on January 31, 2008 in which Sukhbir Singh Badal was unanimously elected President of the party.
“Recruitment drive to enroll primary members of the party has started on March 25 and after successful completion of the process at base level, the process for election of the circle, district and state delegates as well as organisational structure has been initiated,” Cheema said.
Cheema further said that for the elections at the Circle and District level along with election of the state delegates, the party has already appointed observers and they have been requested to complete the election process and submit the final list of all the delegates to the party head office by August 14.
“After these elections, a state level delegates session will be held on August 30 to elect the party President and remaining organisational structure,” Cheema added.
He said that as per the party constitution one circle delegate is elected for every 100 general members, 25 circle level members elect a district delegate and state level delegates are elected by the district level delegates and number of these state level delegates is fixed for every district and a total of 445 delegates are elected for the state level.
He added that party recruits members from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. “Apart from the delegates from these states, delegates are also elected from various countries at the International level,” Cheema added.