The director of research and medical education (DRME), Punjab, has postponed the scrutiny and counting of votes in the Medical Council of India (MCI) elections.
In the notice issued by the DRME, he has mentioned that the counting of votes was postponed due to the voting for Lok Sabha elections in Chandigarh that were held on April 10. The last date to receive votes from the members to elect one member for MCI, Punjab, was also April 10.
But the sources said that reason behind the postponement of counting was that more than 50% of the members had not received the ballots till last date. Many of the candidates got ballots on April 9 in the evening, and it was impossible for them to send back the filled ballots, so as to reach at DRME office by 5pm on April 10.
The notice issued by the returning officer for the MCI elections, and DRME Dr Tejbir Singh stated that some of the contestants and voters were saying that the process of elections might be compromised due to the ongoing parliamentary elections.
“The next date for counting will be notified later on receiving instructions from the Government of India,” the returning officer said.
Dr Kulwant Singh, who is contesting for the MCI seat from Punjab, had also not received his ballot till last date. A contestant, Dr Dharminder Singh Brar, also filed a petition in the high court in this regard.
Brar said, “It's a good decision to stop counting of votes, as many people were not able to even cast their vote because they had not received ballots till last date.”
He said, “The hearing in the matter is scheduled for May in high court.”
Punjab Medical Council member Dr GS Grewal said, “The system of MCI elections is vague and unclear, especially when, the ballots were sent through ordinary post only. As per the law it should be sent through registered post, so that each candidate receives it in time. But, I welcome the DRME's decision.”