Barred from holding AOA elections due to the imposition of Section 144 in the wake of the assembly polls, Ghaziabad societies are now in a rush to restart the process.
Society elections were stalled following directions from the district magistrate. The ban was a precautionary measure meant to prevent unwanted flare-ups ahead of the assembly elections.
The term for the last AOA at Angel Mercury, Indirapuram, had ended on December 11, 2016. The residents had already started the procedure to hold fresh elections, but stopped after they were asked by the police to get permission from the district administration. Ashok Lavanya, society’s election officer, told City Spidey that they have restarted the entire process. “The election committee has been formed and nominations will be finalised by February 27. The election will be conducted on March 5,” said Lavanya.
Similarly, elections for a new AOA at River Heights, a society in Rajnagar Extension, had to be held back as well. AOA members were even arrested for going ahead with the elections despite orders.
Pramod Dhanked, president of the previous AOA at River Heights, told City Spidey that since the AOA term had ended in December last year — and the procedure for fresh elections could not be started — the existing body had been rendered time-barred. Under such circumstances, the elections have to be conducted by the deputy registrar and the district administration. “We have written to the deputy registrar requesting intervention, so that the elections can be conducted in the first quarter of the year, according to the UP Apartment Act,” he added.
Dhanked, however, maintained that there was little hope of any firm step from the administration till March 11, when the results of the assembly elections were to be declared.