TS Elections - Formal Complaint
May 04, 2008 10:04 PM
May 5, 2008
Subject: Formal Complaint
Dear Members of Election Committee:
I am a member of TS in America attached to San Antonio, Texas Branch.
In the United States, we have an unusual situation regarding the
International President Election. Much before the ballots were mailed out to
members, a letter was sent by the Secretary/President Bro. Betty Bland (in
her personal capacity and using the mailing list of the section) to all
members telling them of the poor mental and physical health of Bro. Radha
Burnier and encouraging them to vote for Bro. John Algeo who is her
predecessor in the office. No one questioned her right to extol members to
vote for Bro. Algeo. Many members questioned the ethics of her using the
official membership mailing list for her personal mailing.
This was well before the two well-known and well-respected doctors in India
examined Bro. Radha Burnier and certified that she is fully fit, both
mentally and physically. This subsequent critical information coming from
two professionals has more weight than 100 lay men's and women's opinions
about Bro. Radha Burnier's health.
The information about the above certificates was never sent to the TS
members in the USA. Some of us happened to find out from Internet. Many
members received their ballots early last week and many have already sent in
their ballots ignorant of this important information. When the members
received their ballots, they were under the false belief that Bro. Radha
Burnier is mentally and physically very sick due to the above mentioned
letter they received from Bro. Betty Bland.
This critical and important health information on Bro. Radha Burnier was
available to Bro. Betty Bland before the mailing of the ballots to the
members and hence she, as the National Secretary/President had the moral and
ethical duty to inform all the members of it before mailing out of the
ballots so that the members would not be casting their ballots based on
misleading information that Bro. Radha Burnier is very sick. I do not think
it is the job of Bro. Betty Bland to act as info gate keeper in the matter
of election. Actually, as the National Secretary, she has the duty and
responsibility of passing on critical information relative to the candidate
in a prompt and timely manner to the members. Also I believe the information
was sent to her so that she can make the members aware of the fact.
Now many have cast their ballots and these are tainted by the misleading
information provided by the National Secretary/President and hence some feel
we were duped by the National Secretary/President who had the responsibility
to provide members with accurate, timely facts relating to the candidate's
health since that is the key issue in this election. Hence we see it as a
serious systemic failure affecting the results of the election.
We, theosophists, who value Fairness, Justice and Truth have a
responsibility to look at it objectively and fix the wrong that has taken
place. It appears to me that the only fix is to invalidate ALL the votes
from the USA and thus prevent wrong candidate elected to the high office of
I submit to the Election Committee to quickly review the above and make a
decision in the matter. When a decision is made, I recommend that it be
distributed on the Internet for the benefit of members around the world.
This can be in addition to the distribution thru formal channel of the
THERE IS NO RELIGION HIGHER THAN TRUTH
M K Ramadoss
San Antonio, Texas, USA
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