GUWAHATI, Feb 29 - A festive mood prevailed at the Guwahati Press Club here today which is witnessing elections to its executive body after a long gap of 17 years.
There was enthusiastic participation of candidates and their supporters on the penultimate day of filing of nomination papers today.
Accompanied by groups of supporters, candidates were seen queuing up to submit their nomination papers before the election committee.
�It is indeed heartening to see so many journalists, both young and old, congregating in the Press Club campus in such huge numbers. We are seeing such a mood in the Press Club after a long time,� exclaimed a senior journalist.
One of the candidates made a striking impression wearing the traditional dhoti and kurta and wrapping a gamosa on his neck as he filed his nomination papers with a group of spirited supporters.
Elections are being held for ten posts and all are likely to witness keen contests. Of the two posts of vice presidents and two assistant general secretaries, one in each of the posts is reserved for woman journalists.
Submission of nomination papers began on February 27 and will continue till tomorrow. Polls are slated for March 12. Over 15 nominations were filed today.
The polls are being held after a general body meeting declared �unauthorised� the old executive committee elected in 2003 which failed to hold elections for 17 years. The election committee was formed by the general body meeting to conduct the elections.
A fresh membership drive on the eve of the elections saw the memberships of the club jump from around 250 to nearly 800.