Re: Independent Inquiry into the TS Election
May 22, 2008 01:45 PM
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Anand" <AnandGholap@...> wrote:
> > Please see extract of Rule 10 (e) below about what General
> > Secretaries should inform their members about before they vote:
> > "Each General Secretary, Regional Secretary, Organizing Secretary
> > Presidential Representative shall make known the names of the
> > candidates and their biographical data to the members in his area
> > take the votes in accordance with the instructions in Appendix B
> > these Rules of the individual members on the rolls of his
> > Society or area of administration who have been members in good
> > standing for two full years as on the date of the call for
> > nominations, and shall communicate the results to the Secretary
> > accordance with the instructions given in Appendix B to these
> Names of the candidates and their biographical data was enclosed in
> every envelope that contained voting papers. I received that from
> Indian Section, and I think most other sections also have sent the
> same papers to their members. Once "names of the candidates and
> biographical data" is sent to the members, General Secretaries have
> done their duty, as far as complying with the above rule is
> Above rule does not ask General Secretaries to send medical reports
> and other things.
True. Rule 10 explains the procedure for the election as such. As
there was a letter, dated 29 March 2008, from the Board of the French
Section to all the TS members in that country saying, among other
things, that Radha Burnier had "brain damage", "was deprived of a
large part of her memory", "in conversation, she no longer
understands anything but short and simple sentences", and that nine
other TS Sections had decided to write to their members "in a similar
vein", the Election Committee sent a letter to the General Secretary
of that Section enclosing the two medical certificates and asking her
to take immediate action to counteract the impression created in the
letter referred to above.
> > One would think that at the least in the TS an international
> > should be fair to all candidates. That is what the Rules of the
> > Society determine. If members in France and in the US were told,
> > their own General Secretaries, that Radha Burnier's mental state
> > one of "brain damage", "misfunctioning brain", "incoherence",
> > and since those GSs received copies of the medical certificates,
> > which were sent to them by the Election Committee, attesting to
> > contrary, would it not be only fair and just that those GSs
> > pass that information to the members so that they could have an
> > alternative view?
> Election Committee had not ordered General Secretaries that they
> should send medical reports of Radha to members. So if they have not
> sent these reports to members, it is not a violation of any rule.
> elections sometimes false propaganda is made to discredit the
> candidate. But my observation is such false propaganda is not
> generally considered as violation of rules.
In a Society whose motto is "There is no Religion higher than Truth"
is it fair to write to hundreds of members about one of the
candidates (Radha Burnier), before they voted, such things as: she
had "brain damage", "was deprived of a large part of her memory", "in
conversation, she no longer understands anything but short and simple
sentences", among other things, and that nine other TS Sections had
decided to write to their members "in a similar vein"?
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