UNITED PANEL WIN SJAS ELECTIONS
Writer :Shahzeb Baig
Journalists are always active in the prosperity of sports and for the way out of their problems. But when find themselves in problems, than could not have any effective forum, through which they could convey their voice. Few years back Sindh Sports journalist association was formed for the improvement of professional duties, obviation to problem being faced, collaboration, and continuation of healthy activities. Since its formation, SJAS is fortunate to get full support of its members. Despite the indecent behavior, and unnecessary impediments of trouble makers and the antagonists, SJAS is successfully advancing towards its goal with every sun rise and every day passed. Last year SJAS found the memorable day to take it to further successes through the electoral process. It was unanimously agreed to fix 03 October 2015 to elect the representatives. To conduct the elections, various venues were taken into consideration and Karachi Press Club which has its own unique history for raising voice for the rights of journalists was finally chosen for the event. Candidates of two panels, united and founder had competed for the election. United panel achieved the success with heavy margin in the election which was supervised by the two Journalists Sajid Aziz and Rizwan Bhatti. At 2:00 pm poling was started at the scheduled time, which lasted till 6:00pm during which the members had been casting their right of vote. No untoward situation was experienced during the poling and voters had been using their rights peacefully. This time SJAS elections were found different and memorable in many respects. Both the panels had carried out their electioneering on full-scale. Not only members were being contacted through SMS and Emails, but mobile calls were continuously sent to the voters from the candidates till the day before the poling. SJAS elections were very well promulgated on social media and on other sources. Third time SJAS was choosing its office bearers through the elections, and the members had shown their full curiosity, due to which Karachi Press Club was exhibiting a preview of a festival. Access of members into the committee room was in progress and delicious foods were being enjoyed. Few voters were found demanding Biryani and Kheer from the candidates. Some interesting incidents occurred during electioneering. One of these was unique which reveals an announcement from a candidate to give latest laptops to members as reward to vote him towards his coming out successful, and also assured to credit one million rupees in SJAS’s bank account. The offer became so much popular in the Journalism circle, but most of the sports journalists just enjoyed it, considering a non serious act.
Formation of Journalist’s panel had been important in many aspects with more than two dozen meetings were held in Press club. In this regard Imtiaz Naranja, Tariq Aslam, Irshad Ali, and Shahid Ali Khan, and others tirelessly put their efforts for the meetings, which experienced some difficulties. Nobody was agreed to compete for the post of President and Secretary. But seniors intervene and persuaded Tariq Aslam and Muhammad Asghar Azeem and successfully making him agreed. Unlike the last episode, this time new history created in respect of vote casting and out 59 SJAS members, 50 turned out to cast votes, while three members missed voting due to being outstation. Only two votes were rejected by election commissioner Sajid Aziz. However United Panel won eighteen out of Twenty seats and Founders could only take two seats. Tariq Aslam of daily Naee baat, and Zubair Nazeer Khan of daily Express Karachi were elected unopposed. Syed Yahya Hussaini of GEO TV had submitted nomination papers, but withdrew his name due to some personal reasons. Shahid Ali Khan of daily Awam and Ubaid Aawan of Sama TV each took 29 votes and succeeded in SJAS elections. Tariq Hussain of daily The Duniya fought for Vice President and could only obtained 27 votes. Fight for the seat of treasurer occurred between Irshad Ali of Aaj TV and Faizan Lakhani, but lady of luck was kid to Irshad Ali who secured the seat with 31 votes. Faizan got 15 votes. For the post of Joint Secretary Umer Shaheen of Jahan-e-Pakistan was confronting with Abdul Ghaffar of Dawn TV, member favoured Umer Shaeen by casting 28 votes. Abdul Ghaffar had obtained 18 votes. Zahid Ghaffar was elected Information Secretary with 34 votes against Maqsood Ahmed of daily Jasarat with 13 votes. United Panel also dominated for the seats of executive committee. In this phase Riazuddin rewrote the history by obtaining 44 votes, Senior Reporter of daily Nawai Waqt, Ishaq Baloch was next to him with 43 votes. Others to win EC seats were Javed Iqbal of Aaj TV, Riaz Mahmood of Aaj TV, and Mohsin Raza of Abtak TV each secured 40 votes. Mansoor Ali Baig and Shahzaib Baig of daily Duniya, and Ibadullah Khan of Duniya TV each took 37 votes. Sardar Khan of Metro TV (35 votes), Hasnain Anwer of daily Express (34 votes), Sajjad Khan of Samaa News (32 votes) and Shahid Satti of daily Watan Gujrati (31votes) also succeeded.
The oath taking ceremony was held in KDA Officer’s Club. The than Commissioner Karachi Mr. Shoaib Siddiqui took oaths from the newly elected SJAS Officials. He expressed his best wishes and expectations for efficient and productive performance from new SJAS body.