KARACHI: The Democrats’ panel clean swept the Karachi Press Club elections as all its candidates on of office-bearers and governing body returned as successful.
The Democrats’ Imtiaz Khan Faran (News One) was elected as President and Arman Sabir (ARY News) as Secretary of the club.
According to the official result announced by KPC Election Committee’s chief Prof. Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan, The Democrats’ presidential candidate Faran bagged 671 votes against the Progressive Panel’s Ahmed Khan Malik (Business Recorder) who was polled 530 votes.
While The Democrats’ Arman Sabir secured 925 votes against Progressive Panel’s Shahid Abbas (Bol TV) Jatoi who managed to secure 254 votes.
Other KPC office-bearers from The Democrats, who returned successful, are Vice President Saeed Sarbazi (Business Recorder) who secured 894 votes, Treasurer Raja Kamran (Neo TV), who bagged 876 votes, and Joint Secretary Muhammad Hanif who bagged 882 votes.
The Democrats panel also won all seven seats of the Governing Body.
The elected Governing Body members are Abdul Waheed Rajpar ((92 News), Abul Hasan, Atiq-ur-Rehman (Geo News), Khursheed Abbasi (Jang), Muhammad Ashraf Bhatti(Daily Ummat), Shazia Hasan (Dawn) and Shoaib Jatt (Samaa TV).
It is to be mentioned here that the KPC has the unique and rare distinction in the country of holding its annual elections regularly and timely since its inception in 1958. The process of election is so transparent and fair that no controversy over the process has ever emerged during the last 60 long years.
A total of 1558 were eligible to use their right to elect the officer-bearers and governing body’s members of the club. Out of these, 1210 member used their votes.
Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Information Minister Senator Murtaza Wahab in their separate statements congratulated the newly-elected office bearers of the club.
They hoped that the newly-elected body will work for the welfare of the fraternity, besides freedom of speech and press in the country.