Eligibility of Members to vote in housing society election
By Maharashtra Bureau
The members should be eligible as per Section 27 of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act. He should not be a defaulter under Section 73CA and should not be disqualified as per the provisions of Byelaws of the Society.
The relevant provisions of Section 27 are as under :
(1) save as otherwise provided in sub-section (2) to (7) both inclusive, no member of any society shall have more than one vote in its affairs and every right to vote shall be exercised personally and not by proxy.
(1)A – notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), an active member who subsequently fails to participate in the affairs of the Society and use the services upto the minimum level as specified, from time to time, in its byelaws, shall cease to be active member and shall not be entitled to vote.
(2) Where a share of a society is held jointly by more than one person, (the person whose name stands first in the share certificate, if present shall have the right to vote but in his absence the person whose name stands second and in the absence of both, the person whose name stands next, and likewise, in the absence of the preceding persons the person whose name is next on the share certificate who is present and who is not a minor shall have right to vote.
(8) No nominal member shall have right to vote (and no such member shall be eligible to be member of a committee)
Section 73CA (A)(e) of the Act : “a member who defaults the payment of dues to the society within three months from the date of service of notice in writing served by post under Certificate of posting demanding the payment of dues and such member fails to make the payment become disqualified.
A member who is having more than two children on or after 7.9.2001 is disqualified to become a member of the committee.
The Secretary /Manager of a society has to prepare a provisional voter list as per the I-Register of members and publish it on the notice board of the society calling the objection on it within 2 days.
After two days prepare a final list of voters and to be submitted to the concerned Registrar in four copies.
The Returning Officer shall be appointed by the concerned Assistant / Deputy Registrar with the prior sanction of State Election Commission.
The Returning Officer with the consultation of Registrar and Society will prepare an election programme and will display it on the notice board of the society.