London: Pakistan Press Club UK (PPCUK) has held it’s 9th annual elections for the year 2017-2018. PPCUK has a total membership of 120 members, who are working for various print and electronic media houses. PPCUK offered all its members the opportunity to participate in these elections. An elected body of 14 members including six members of it’s executive council, regularly hold meetings for different purposes regarding issues and matters that are of relevance and concern to journalists.
This years elections were held in London under the watchful eye of the election invigilators. A secret ballot process took place. Former president UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Naheed Randawha was Chief Election Commissioner while President of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Mr. Afzal Butt, Vice President Khalid Khokhar and Barrister Zeeshan Mian participated as a Chief Guest and observers respectively.
According to results Mr Arshad Rachyal as President, Managing Editor Kashmir Link London Akram Abid as Senior Vice President, Mussarat Iqbal Joint Secretary and Afzal Chaudhry succeeded unopposed. Mr. Arshad Rachyal holding this office second time as his popularity, commitment & dedication led to him being unopposed.
According to election results on two Vice Presidents posts Mr Nisar Gulshan and Zahid Noor succeeded. Naveed Chudhary is the newly elected General Secretary and Kishwar Abbasi Treasurer Secretary. Six Executive Council Members are Sheraz Khan, Atta ul Haq, Adeel khan, Mona Baig, Qasir Hamid Sheikh and Mohammad Rajasib were duly elected.
President PFUJ Mr. Afzal Butt has praised all its members who have participated in these elections in a friendly manner. He urged all journalists to show solidarity in unity for the rights of all journalists. Other speakers stated that journalists in Pakistan are facing all sorts of problems therefore we have a duty to fight for their rights too.
Mr. Mobeen Chaudhry founder of PPCUK said that the newly elected board needs to identify and address voting issues, in an attempt to make it possible for those who unable to commute to London from other UK cities to vote. He suggested that perhaps a online voting system needs to be setup to enable other members to cast their votes in this manner.