Election 2019



Dear OSA Members:

The OSA Election Committee as constituted by the General Body is soliciting nominations for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of The Odisha Society of The Americas for 2019-21. As per the constitution, candidates for the offices of OSA President and Vice President shall campaign on a joint platform as running mates, such that a vote for a Presidential candidate shall automatically mean a vote for his or her running mate. The candidates for the offices of Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected separately.

The nominees, the nominators and seconders must be OSA Life Members, Patrons, or Benefactors, as defined in the Statement of Rights, for at least one year prior to the date of nomination, and twenty-one (21) years of age or older. The nomination must include a short profile of the candidates in less than 150 words (Examples: election goal, biography, contact details and links to a blog, website, Facebook or Twitter). In addition, nominations must include candidate photograph in JPG, GIF or PNG format with not exceeding 2MB image size. Photocopy of driver’s license, or passport, or birth certificate or a notarized statement to the effect that the nominee is 21 years or older as of January 27th, 2019 must be attached for the nominee’s age verification.

All nominations must include the position sought for, contact information (address, telephone number, and email) of the nominees and the nominator. All nominations must be e-mailed to the election committee by January 27th, 2019 11:59 PM Central Time to OSAElection2019@gmail.com with complete and correct contact information of the nominees (including other additional details) and the nominators. Incorrect contact information may lead to the rejection of the nomination. Please note you must nominate a candidate for President and Vice President simultaneously in one slate.

Nominations for secretary and treasurer should be in independent slate.

The Nomination Form is attached as a MS Word Document. Please complete the form, sign and attach a scanned pdf copy to the nomination e-mail. In addition, attach short profiles of candidates as a MS Word Document and the candidate’s photograph files. Any correspondence on the election subject will be electronic (via email) only. All emails on this subject must be sent to OSAElection2019@gmail.com

Election 2019 Calendar

• Deadline for the official ballot list including all members eligible to vote to be received from OSA Secretary by January 6, 2019

• All nominations must be e-mailed to the election committee by January 27, 2019 11:59 PM Central Time. Election Committee will acknowledge all the nominations by e-mail

• Election ballots will be sent to eligible members on or before March 3, 2019 (1st Sunday of March)

• Votes must be cast electronically no later than April 7, 2019 11:59 pm Central Time (1st Sunday of April)

• Ballot will be counted, and the election results will be notified to OSA President by April 28, 2019 (4th Sunday of April)

With this letter we are also requesting the Chapter Presidents and members of the Board of Governors of OSA to disseminate the election announcement as widely as possible.

Please contact the OSA Secretary Mr. Amar Senapati at secretary@odishasociety.org to update member e-mail address and mailing address.


2019 OSA Election Committee
Prashanta Ranabijuli(Chair), Bimal Rath, and Santanu Das

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