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Covid notwithstanding, journalists throng Press Club of India on sunny Saturday to vote

Election is between two panels of 21 candidates each and a handful of independents, who are aiming for many positions, including president & general secretary.

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New Delhi: The Press Club of India, the media hub located in the heart of Lutyens Delhi, held its annual election Saturday. The election is between two panels of 21 candidates each and a handful of independents, who are aiming for a host of positions, including president, general secretary, and members of the managing committee.

Hundreds of members of the club, which provides journalists with a place to meet each other and oversees several other media-related activities, turned up to vote, all decked up in Covid prevention gear such as masks and face shields.

It was a particularly heartening sight as some veterans of the field arrived in wheelchairs.

Between 9 am and 5 pm, around 1,400 of the 4,200 eligible voters had cast their votes in the club’s draped courtyard.

Election day was a buzz of activity at the club as the candidates made a last-minute push by distributing pamphlets and engaging with voters. The results will be declared Sunday.

ThePrint’s national photo editor Praveen Jain — who is among the candidates in the PCI election — brings you some glimpses from voting day.

Candidates campaign outside the Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Candidates campaign outside the Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
It was all happy at the Press Club of India on the day of voting | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Some enthusiastic faces at the Press Club of India on voting day | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A journalist outside the Press Club of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A journalist outside the Press Club of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Long queue outside the Press Club Of India Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
There was a long queue of voters | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Senior journalists arrive to cast their vote | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Senior journalists arrive to cast their vote | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Senior Journalist Zafar Agha poses for the photojournalists | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A senior journalist poses for photojournalists | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Famous poet Surender Sharma shows his voting slip outside Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Famous poet Surender Sharma shows his voting slip outside Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Former president of Press Club, A.R.Wig with senior journalist Anil Anand arrived on wheel chair to cast his vote| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Former Press Club president A.R. Wig arrived in a wheelchair to cast his vote | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
President Anand Sahay outside the Press Club of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Press Club president Anand Sahay | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Election Officers maintain social distancing while carrying out voting procedures | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Election officers maintain social distancing while carrying out their duty | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Women queue up for the voting formalities | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Queuing up for voting | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Last minute campaigning outside Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Last-minute campaigning outside Press Club Of India | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Voters wear come prepared with masks and face shields to vote | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Voters came prepared with masks and face shields | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Election Officer M.M.C Sharma (left) and a photojournalist were last ones who casted their vote. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Chief Election Officer M.M.C Sharma (left) and a photojournalist were the last ones to cast their vote | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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1 COMMENT

  1. Praveen, good photo essay, and congratulations on being elected to the Managing Committee. A minor slip, though. Chief Election Officer M.M.C Sharma and his colleagues in the poll body of the Press Club of India did not vote. They do not have a vote. They are associate members.
    Anand K Sahay

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