J&K government on Wednesday extended the timeline for conduct of elections to the post of Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) by three months in view of prevailing COVID19 pandemic.
As per an order issued by Housing and Urban Development Department, the election timeline has been extended as per the sub-section (2) of section 36 of J&K Municipal Corporation Act-2000, notified vide SO 219 Dated 15-07-2020.
"Whereas ,the second proviso to sub-section (2) of section 36 of J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, notified vide SO 219 Dated 15-07-2020 provides that the government may, if the circumstances so warrant, on account of reasons of internal security, public health including health pandemic, natural calamity such as floods, earthquake, snowstorm or an event of a similar nature or any 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 three months from the date the office of the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor falls vacant," said the order
Now, the order said, in terms of the proviso of section 36 (2) of J&K Municipal Corporation Act, and in view of the difficulty in the conduct of the election to the post of Mayor due to health pandemic COVID19 and management protocol related to it issued by District Magistrate, Srinagar, the government extends the time limit for the conduct of the election by three months from the date the office of the Mayor fell vacant.
The post of Mayor had fallen vacant on June 16 and was to be filled up within a period of one month, in terms of section 36 of Jammu & Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act.