Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) Election of 2022 held today will be remembered for adding new chapters to the history of the club.
The triangular contest, which was a first in the club’s six-decade history, witnessed record turnout. Setting a benchmark for future elections, no fewer than 1,154 members voted, the highest turnout in club election history. A total of 1,800 members are eligible to vote to choose the club’s new ruling house.
The annual general election was held to choose a president and 11 members of the club’s executive committee. A total of 31 members had submitted their applications for the 11 executive committee member positions.
As the CGC endured polls, after a three-year hiatus, prominent figures in the region, from politicians to top golfers, showed up to vote. Justice SS Sodhi, Former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Member RS Pratap Singh Bajwa, Congress Leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala, Former Punjab Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress Leader Munish Bansal, Chief of Punjab BJP and Former Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Capt Amarinder Singh’s younger brother Malwinder Singh, SAD(A) Chief Simranjeet Singh Mann, SAD(Sanyukt) Chief Parminder Singh Dhindsa , Punjab Olympic Association Secretary General Raja KS Sidhu, Golfer Arjuna Awardee Harmeet Kahlon, Social Worker Karan Malhotra and many bureaucrats from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh arrived on the spot to vote.
Voting began at 11:30 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m. No less than 1,215 members had paid their dues to be able to vote. However, a total of 1,154 have exercised their right. It was expected that the number of surveys would increase given the number of members requesting non-assessment slips. However, due to long lines and humidity, many members returned without voting, a senior official said. “More than 1,150 votes were collected. The results will be announced on Monday. The results for the position of President will be announced in the morning, while that of the 11th Executive Committee will be announced in the evening,” said returning officer Brig JS Phoolka.
With a large turnout, golf carts were brought into service to bring members from the parking lot which was located away from the club’s main gate.
A different scenario
Bureaucrats and high-ranking politicians waited patiently in long lines to vote. Only a few members followed the Covid protocol, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.
A passionate competition
This election is a fierce competition between presidential candidates Major Rajinder Singh Virk (Lalli), Lt. Col. HS Chahal (Bobby) and SPS Ghai (Nippy) vying for the top job for the first time . Although they were elected to the executive committee. Senior members cited this particular reason for record voter turnout. “All three candidates are experienced and have played important roles in the past. It will be a neck and neck contest. The winning margin should be very slim,” a senior official said.
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