Govt Defers SMC Mayor Election

SRINAGAR: Government on Monday extended the time limit to six months for holding mayoral elections to the Srinagar municipality in view of COVID-19 restrictions.

According to Government Order NO: 163 -JK (HUD) of 2020,whereas, the post of Mayor,Srinagar Municipal Corporation has fallen vacant on 16Ih of June, 2020 and is to be filled up within a period of one month, in terms of Section 36 of the Jammu & Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, 2000;

“Whereas, in view of the health pandemic-COVID-19, the District Magistrate, Srinagar (Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority, Srinagar) has issued notification as referred to above, prohibiting any inward/outward movement in Micro Containment Zones of Srinagar District, reads the order.

“Whereas, the Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, vide his communication referred to above has informed that ninety six zones of the Srinagar District have been designated as micro containment zones for the management of COVID19, under the said orders of the District Magistrate, Srinagar, and that a large number of Councilors reside/fall in these areas,” it added.

“Whereas, the Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation has informed that as a result of the prohibition of inward/outward movement of people in/from these areas, the conduct of election to the post of Mayor within the period prescribed by Section 36 of the J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, read with second proviso of sub-section(2) of Section 36, which expires on 15’~ September, 2020, is not possible,” reads the order.

“Whereas, the third proviso to sub-section (2) of section 36 of J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, notified vide SO 282 Dated 07-09-2020 provides : “Provided also thot the Government may, if the circumstances so warrant, on account of reosons of &ewe4 security, public heolth including health pandemic, natural calamity such as floods, earthquake, snowstorm or an event of a similar or ony other reason which is a hindrance to the conduct of election of the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor, by reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the time  limit of conducting the elections up to a maximum of six months from the dote the office of the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor falls vacant.”

“Now, therefore, in terms of the above proviso of Section 36 (2) of J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, in supersession of Government Order No. 158-JK(HUD) of 2020 dated 15.7.2010 and in view of the difficulty in the conduct of the election to the post of Mayor, SMC due to health pandemic-COVID-19 and management protocol related to it issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar (Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority Srinagar), the Government hereby extends the time limit for the conduct of said election to six months from the date the office of the Mayor fell vacant,” reads the order.

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