|Neeta Shah - Kalpesh Shah|
DRAFT ELECTION RULES FOR CO-OP HOUSING SOCIETIES.
No fresh elections for housing societies, Maharashtra govt. will hold polls
Directive for those societies whose executive committees exceeded five-yr term on March 31
MUMBAI: Cooperative housing societies whose executive
committees have completed or exceeded their five-year term
on March 31 have been barred from holding fresh elections.
The state government is in the process of setting an independent
authority to hold free and fair polls before December 31. The
cooperation department has issued a directive following the passing
of a new cooperation law that governs and regulates the sector.
The directive said old committees should continue to look after the
daily administration of societies, but must avoid taking any policy
decisions. Violations will be dealt with in the form of legal action,
the department said.
The directive will not apply to the societies that elected new
committees before March 31.
The authority will conduct the next elections and under new
regulations, each registered society will have to inform the authority
six months before the expiry of executive board’s five years term.
So far, societies have been holding elections on their own by
informing the respective registrars of cooperatives, who in critical
cases, were authorized to depute election officers to conduct the
process. The societies needed to pay a certain amount to the registrar
to avail of this service to ensure free and fair elections.
The new law is the 97th amendment to the constitution, which the
state adopted in the form of an ordinance on February 14. The state
legislature gave the ordinance its approval in the monsoon session,
which ended in the first week of August.
There are about 80,000 registered housing societies in the state, of
which about 50,000 are in Mumbai and Thane.
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