Ordinance issued on essential qualifications

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Old 03-Feb-2016
Post Ordinance issued on essential qualifications

Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki today promulgated an ordinance prescribing essential conditions, including mandatory educational qualifications, for contesting elections to urban local bodies likely in May this year.
The Haryana Municipal (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 seeks to amend Section 13-A of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973 and Section 8 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994, laying down certain qualifications for contesting the urban local body elections.
Under the ordinance, which would be converted into a law in the forthcoming Budget session of the Haryana Assembly, the persons, who had been convicted or against whom charges have been framed in a criminal case for an offence, punishable with imprisonment for not less than 10 years, would not be eligible to contest the elections.
Similarly, a person failing to pay arrears of any kind to any Primary Agriculture Co-operative Society, District Central Co-operative Bank and District Primary Co-operative Agriculture Rural Development Bank or electricity bills would not be able to enter the fray.
A general candidate desirous of standing for elections will have to be a matriculate while the minimum qualification for a woman candidate or a SC candidate will be eighth standard, However, for a woman SC candidate, the minimum qualification shall be fifth pass. Meanwhile, the contesting candidate will have to submit a declaration to the effect that he has a functional toilet at his place of residence.
Revision of electoral lists
Keeping in mind the January 1, 2016, as qualifying date for updating of voters lists by the Election Commission, the Haryana State Election Commission yesterday issued a programme for the preparation and revision of electoral rolls of the Municipal Corporation, Panipat, and of 17 Municipal Councils and 29 Municipal Committees in Haryana.

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