Re: [theos-l] How to win a Presidential Election
May 03, 2008 11:17 PM
by Anton Rozman
I am reading and re-reading the message and can not understand how
the International Secretary violated the Rules and Regulations and
compromised the freedom and fairness of the election with the
disclosure of names of those who will except nominations and who not.
More information delivered the better.
In democracy it is allowed everything what is not specially
prohibited and not the other way round.
In my view the Election Committee really transcended its authority
with the disclosure of doctors' certificates and accompanying demands
as they were not approved by the Executive Committee. And we can now
see that these certificates are personal messages of doctors and not
official documents of the hospital they work in and that they were
produced especially for this purpose.
It seems that the message brings opinion that already the candidacy
of the second candidate is a political plot.
Well, more than that I think that it reveals that the message was not
understood and that the personal interests are more important of
those of the Theosophical Society.
--- In email@example.com, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> The plot thickens.
> Mary Anderson, in violation of the procedure, has disclosed the
> information before the deadline as laid down by the election rules
> administrative matters this would be considered official misconduct
> to immediate dismissal. In governmental offices in the USA the
> be convicted for a criminal offense. I am wondering why she is
> as International Secretary and a member of the Election Committee
and GC and
> how can any TS member trust her in any matter going thru her? (No
> has not responded to my e-mail.)
> Thanks, Pedro. But for your post, we all would to be in the dark
> activities taking place behind closed doors and as far as I know,
> the National Secretaries shared this info with their members, why
> they? If this is not compromising the elections from the beginning,
> We have talked about the transparency issue and it is why in many
> organizations these kind of information is public knowledge to
> manipulation to tilt the elections and do a disservice to the
> of us, theosophists can imagine that this can happen in Adyar. This
> Yuga and whom can we trust anymore?
> THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH
> PS: I think that the electioneering planning started in December
> On 5/3/08, prmoliveira <prmoliveira@...> wrote:
> > Rule 10 of the Rules of the TS (Adyar) determines, among other
> > things, the following procedure for the election of President:
> > "(b) Immediately on its appointment; the Election Committee shall
> > instruct the Secretary to send out to the members of the General
> > Council a written call for nominations for the office of
> > The call for nominations shall be sent by airmail or other
> > expeditious means if airmail be unavailable, followed one week
> > by a second (duplicate) call.
> > (d) At the expiration of ten weeks, the Election Committee shall
> > place all the nominations received, together with the relevant
> > papers, before the Executive Committee at a meeting especially
> > con¬vened for the purpose.
> > At such meeting the Executive Committee shall examine the
> > The three nominees having the highest number of nominations shall
> > alone be qualified to be on the voting list, but if two (or more)
> > nominees qualify for the last place on the voting list, they shall
> > both (or all) be included in the list.
> > No nominee shall be included in the voting list unless supported
> > at least twelve nominations."
> > Below is the message that the International Secretary, Miss Mary
> > Anderson, who is also a member of the Election Committee, sent to
> > number of members of the General Council:
> > From: Mary Anderson
> > Sent: Monday, 14 January 2008 8:51 PM
> > Subject: Presidential Election
> > 14 January 2008
> > Dear Colleagues,
> > As the Secretary's Office is closed today, Monday, and
> > tomorrow due to holidays, I am using my personal email
> > to send this communication.
> > Would those of you who have not yet done so please
> > acknowledge receipt of Circular No.1 or No.1-A
> > regarding the Presidential Election, sent out by
> > airmail on 18 December and again on 24 December 2007
> > and handed to some of you in Adyar.
> > Those of you who are on the General Council and
> > therefore have power of nomination might like to know
> > that so far Mrs Radha Burnier and Dr John Algeo have
> > agreed to be nominated, and that Miss Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu has
> > me that she will not accept nomination.
> > With kind regards,
> > Mary Anderson
> > International Secretary
> > As can be seen from the dates above in her message:
> > 1) It was sent while the nomination process was still on, since
> > ten weeks from 18 December 2007 would expire on 26 February 2008;
> > 2) It was sent without any provision for such a communication in
> > TS Rules as her second communication to GC members had already
> > sent on 24 December 2007;
> > 3) It disclosed the names of two nominees while the nomination
> > process was still under way;
> > 4) It included the name of Miss Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu while declaring
> > that "she will not accept nomination".
> > When TS members received, through their Sections or National
> > Societies, the official voting papers which were issued by the
> > International Secretary at Adyar, it became known that Miss Kim
> > who has been the Chairman of the European of the TS since 1995,
> > nominated John Algeo for President.
> > So Miss Anderson, following in the footseps of her former
> > at Adyar, Elvira Carbonell, who sent an email to General Council
> > members, on 19 December 2007, informing them that John Algeo had
> > decided to accept nominations for the Presidential Election, also
> > compromised the freedom and fairness of the election, her role as
> > International Secretary and as a member of the Election Committee.
> > Pedro Oliveira
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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