EC examines Cong’s request for extension to hold organisational polls
The Congress working committee on November 7 recommended a year’s extension for Sonia Gnadhi as party president.india Updated: Dec 03, 2016 17:04 IST
The Election Commission is examining a request from the Congress party, seeking a year’s time to hold organisational elections.
Under the EC’s rules, all registered political parties have to hold organisational elections annually.
According to sources, the EC received a letter from the Congress more than a week ago, seeking more time for holding organisational elections.
If the party gets the EC’s nod, it will mean a year’s extension for Congress president Sonia Gandhi and for the office bearers including vice president Rahul Gandhi. It would also mean that Sonia’s term as party president would be extended for a second time. She had been given an extension after her term ended on December 31, 2015.
The Congress working committee on November 7 recommended a year’s extension for her as party president.
“Unless the grounds for delaying elections are not satisfactory, there should not be a problem in giving an extension. But the call with be taken by the EC after examining the request,” said a source.
The grand old party wants to delay internal polls keeping in view the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur early next year.